The Culture Moment 24

The Culture Moment 24

Companies that capitalize on culture do better in reaching their goals. Are you leaving money on the table by insisting on doing business “your” way? Or are you open to the idea of adjusting your approach? Either way, you should be aware that when businesses embrace a global mindset they get better results. What is The Culture Moment? The Culture …

The Culture Mastery 23

The Culture Moment 23

Are you planning to go to the C-Suite? Are you expecting it to be a sweet/suite ride? That road might be a bit bumpy, if you are missing the key “Vitamin C” ingredient: a healthy organizational culture that is in alignment with your corporate goals and with the diverse cultures of the markets in which you are doing business. Are …

The Culture Moment 22

The Culture Moment 22

When global executives outline key pillars for making expat assignments work I pay close attention. Of the three things I learned from a senior leader, No. 3 should make you think. Especially considering that less than 15% of HR professionals have worked abroad. And still many HR departments think they can cover expatriate support programs with in-house solutions. Three things …

The Culture Moment 21

The Culture Moment 21

Time for some real talk! Whenever people tell you cultural training initiatives “don’t work,” here’s how you respond: You won’t look like The Rock after one visit to the gym. You won’t cure tonsillitis with one antibiotic pill. And you certainly won’t build cultural competence in your organization with one training program! It’s a process. You present new knowledge, you …

The Culture Moment 20

The Culture Moment 20

What is it like to work with a Culture Coach? People often have wrong ideas and expectations around that. Let us help you bust five of the myths about what a cross-cultural coach offers. 1. Working with a cross-cultural coach means I am incapable to figure this out on my own2. Your coach will fix all of your problems3. Your …

The Culture Moment 19

The Culture Moment 19

How realistic is it to expect that one culture can (or even: should) learn something from another? And how does comparing cultural norms help you adjust to different environments? This Culture Moment takes a look at the fallacy of supposing that the behavioral norms of one culture “should” apply to another. What is The Culture Moment? The Culture Moment is …

The Culture Moment 18

The Culture Moment 18

When was the last time you interacted with people from another culture? Remember how you stepped on someone’s toes? Or that time you committed a cultural faux pas? We want to encourage you to share YOUR culture moments. Leave a comment below and get a chance to talk about your experience on a future episode of The Culture Guy Podcast. …

The Culture Moment 17

The Culture Moment 17

This Culture Moment comes with a bit of a myth buster: Cultural training, in and by itself, will not make your global business challenges disappear. So now what? What is The Culture Moment? The Culture Moment is our short-form video format: every clip is a bit more than three minutes long and contains a complimentary intercultural nugget, presented by Christian …

The Culture Moment

The Culture Moment 16

Today: Let’s talk about the appearance of likeness. Have you fallen for a Similarity Illusion before? Too often people presume comparability. When people look similar, dress similar, have similar cultural origins, and share similar values it is easy to conclude that they are similar in many aspects of life. This misconception can be quite prevalent among global professionals, especially those …

The Culture Moment 15

The Culture Moment 15

It’s March Madness in the United States and this episode of The Culture Moment addresses the madness of pitting strategy against culture. One doesn’t eat the other for breakfast – no matter what you think Peter Drucker allegedly said (he almost certainly didn’t say it anyway). To be successful in global business you’ll need both. Spoiler alert: There are no …

The Culture Moment 14

The Culture Moment 14

The topic for The Culture Moment #14: How cultural comparison frameworks have their limitations and why it’s so important to flex and train our “cultural muscle” in order to expand our Zone of Appropriateness. ❯❯❯ Check here for more details and specifically check out Country Navigator and the GlobeSmart Profile. What is The Culture Moment? The Culture Moment is our …

The Culture Moment 13

The Culture Moment 13

On The Culture Moment 13, let’s talk about one of the superpowers for success across cultures – vulnerability – and about the arbitrary nature of the concept of “normal.” ❯❯❯ Check here for more details. What is The Culture Moment? The Culture Moment is our short-form video format: every clip is a bit more than three minutes long and contains …

The Culture Moment

The Culture Moment 12

Today: Don’t take anything personally. News flash, folks: It’s not about you! No matter whether the behaviors you experience in another culture are familiar and acceptable to you or if you like them or not. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say or do is a reflection of their own reality. Everyone’s behaviors are rooted in a …

The Culture Moment 11

The Culture Moment 11

On The Culture Moment 11, let’s talk about how assumptions are the termites of intercultural relationships and global business success. ❯❯❯ Check here for more details. What is The Culture Moment? The Culture Moment is our short-form video format: every clip is a bit more than three minutes long and contains a complimentary intercultural nugget, presented by Christian Höferle. We …

The Culture Moment 10

The Culture Moment 10

Three new minutes of cultural insights. On The Culture Moment 10, let’s talk about the difference between ignorance and competence. Memorizing DOs & DON’Ts won’t help you understanding the WHYs of unfamiliar behaviors in different cultures. Building only your knowledge base about cultures without being skilled in adjusting to different behaviors will leave you ineffective. Knowledge without curiosity will likely …

The Culture Moment 9

The Culture Moment 9

Another three minutes of complimentary cross-cultural insights by Christian, The Culture Guy. On The Culture Moment 9, he talks about how skimping on expat support services is a case of false economy. If you expect your global talent to be efficient on overseas assignments, give them what they need to be successful! ❯❯❯ Check here for more details. What is …

The Culture Moment 8

The Culture Moment 8

Here is another episode of The Culture Moment – as always, three minutes of complimentary cross-cultural insights by Christian, The Culture Guy. During this The Culture Moment 8 he talks about the culture of religion, community, and humanity in the face of terror and destruction. What is The Culture Moment? The Culture Moment is our short-form video format: every clip …

The Culture Moment

The Culture Moment 7

Here is another episode of The Culture Moment – as always, three minutes of complimentary cross-cultural insights by Christian, The Culture Guy. During this The Culture Moment 7 he talks about leadership. What type of leader are you? And how flexible are you in adjusting your leadership style? ❯❯❯ Check here for more details on developing global leaders. What is …

How To Market Your Business Across The Atlantic

Marketing and selling products and services around the world can be both promising and profitable – it can also be a minefield and full of missed opportunities. No matter whether you are selling Nike in Düsseldorf or Adidas in Dallas. Or if you want consumers in Hanover to spread peanut butter on their toast and people in Houston to dip …

Bicultural Employees Can Be Your Organization’s Secret to Success

A stroll through the halls of almost any Canadian or U.S. American workplace will testify to the cultural diversity of its workforce. By 2050, around 40 per cent of the population of Canada, as well as the United States and Australia, will be immigrants or the children of immigrants. Many of these people, who make up an increasing portion of …