They say that “crossing the pond” cannot be that hard. After all, the same language is spoken, pop culture of either of the countries is known in the other, cultural values seem to be very similar. Others might say that the British and Americans are two nations separated by a common language. So which one […]
Have you ever been in a situation where you encountered a challenging interpersonal situation, and started wondering – is there something more to it you should explore, or maybe it’s just a personal clash that you don’t want to do much about?
We are often faced with many questions when going somewhere new for the first time. What’s it going to be like? What are the people there like? How should I behave so that they accept me and trust me? What should I do to be successful in this new environment?
How many people in the past year told you about their adventures abroad? How many of your friends have ever been working abroad? How many of them had good experiences?
Learning a foreign language as an adult is not impossible. But, honestly, were you never jealous of those bilingual three year olds juggling two (or maybe more!) languages when speaking to different people? Oh how I’d love to be able to do that without the pain of going through the grammar books and vocabulary lessons!
For many of us the thought of going somewhere new on a short notice might be quite daunting. There are so many things to plan, things to learn and figure out before going abroad for that one project. On top of all the logistics there’s usually also thinking about the business etiquette of the place […]
Have you ever really thought about the ways in which you describe yourself and your work? Have you ever thought about how you can adapt your presentation to get better results?
Right. You have nailed this new assignment, a job abroad or a place in an international team. You will be working with so many people from different cultures now! Oh gosh, that means you have to learn about all the cultures in the world now! Or, does it really?
I would love to introduce you to James Meads, the founder of Live Work Germany. James is a native Brit from the Birmingham area, who moved to Germany in 2006 for a career opportunity and has experienced all kinds of ups and downs of living and working in Germany ever since! James agreed to share his […]
Much can be said about the ‘soft skills trainings’, both good and bad. I’ve heard various things being said about cross-cultural skills training too. The research however shows clearly that increased cultural intelligence and intercultural skills have a whole range of benefits to the individual as well the organisations they work with.