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 …

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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 …

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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 …

expatriate coaching

Has Expatriate Coaching Had Its Day?

The misconceptions of expatriate coaching In the light of all the international travel we do and the huge range of people from different cultural backgrounds that many of us encounter on a daily basis, is expatriate coaching really necessary anymore? The answer is Yes, Yes & Yes again! In this article, we will look at why expatriate coaching sometimes doesn’t …

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 …

building trust

Are some cultures really less trusting than others?

Nobel laureate Kenneth Arrow once described trust as a “lubricant of a social system”. Economic exchange, in particular, is virtually impossible without at least some level of trust. While markets, shops and online traders attempt to reduce uncertainty through customer reviews or free returns policies, consumers have to decide for themselves whether to trust unknown trading partners calling themselves obscure …

Why failure is no fiasco and rather feedback [The Culture Guy Podcast]

Rachel Smets shares her confidence hacks for moving abroad On this episode Rachel Smets, author of “Awaken Your Confidence,” shares her experiences of moving abroad and living in different countries. Born and raised in Belgium, she currently resides in the Netherlands. She left home in her mid-20s and moved to Spain where she landed her first job abroad. Over the years, Rachel has lived in …

The results are in: We know where you are from!

In June of 2015 our company audio program, The Culture Guy Podcast, was launched. Since then host Christian Höferle released 21 episodes. Today, 15 months later, we have collected enough reliable user and listener data which we are sharing with you now. First of all, we want to extend a huge THANK YOU to you for downloading our podcast and …

What do expat families need away from home? Join the conversation!

You may have heard the phrase: Companies don’t go global, people do. And the people who go global to take their companies with them want to be as successful abroad as possible. Who is responsible for their success? There are many factors: The expatriates themselves have to do what’s in their power to get the skills, tools, and support they …

How culture affects cuisine

One of the benefits of dealing with different cultures is the opportunity to explore the tastes of foreign lands and other people. Food and drink are as much representations of culture as are the arts, architecture, attire, or human behavior. Most of us experience this for the first time when we travel: what people abroad eat can be quite different …

Four Types of Cross-Cultural Training

In an international context, smart business decisions depend on the ability to bridge cultural differences. Your employees need to be able to understand these differences and how to work across cultures. We put together four types of cross-cultural training formats and other support services for expatriates and global leaders to help international top talent in bridging the gaps between cultures. …