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 …

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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 …

cultural competence

When Businesses Embrace a Global Mindset They Get Better Results

Making the business case for cultural competence No matter whether you are expanding your business into foreign markets, trying to recruit the best candidates from a diverse talent pool, leading a multinational (and perhaps remote) team of people, or ensuring your marketing and branding messages are received in the intended way: cultural competence and having a global mindset – your ability …