You want to be effective in your work, I’m sure. You probably also want to make people feel like they can come speak with you and like they have the support they need in their roles. But even us, the People people, sometimes follow our natural communicating styles, which are culturally influenced, without adapting. They […]
When it comes to cross-cultural communications the question of: “Who should adapt?” almost always comes up. I don’t think there is one magical formula for this, but there is a certain rationale I use for myself: “The one who wants to have a productive conversation and knows how to”. If I know that I’m in […]
So often in the annual performance reviews or even just day-to-day conversations people receive feedback that they should work on improving their communication skills. But what does that really mean? And does it mean the same thing around the world? We all have our own personal preferences of how we speak, what channels of communication […]
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.
It is not uncommon to hear people questioning the idea of workforce diversity – whether that relates to ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. When I talk to people, read articles in the internet or watch news or YouTube videos, I stumble across multiple comments, which question the whole movement around the topic of diverse and […]
The reality these days is that a lot of us work within teams whose members are not based in the same locations. You might like it or hate it, but you can’t really change it. What you can change is how you approach the challenges related to such set up of work.
Polish people are hardworking, often look angry and drink a lot. These are stereotypes. But is there some truth in this? Is this something that can be explained? What’s it like to work with Polish people?
A lot of us know the joys of working with people based in different locations. Especially those of you who have worked in or with bigger companies. There are lots of calls and virtual meetings involved in such cooperation, but also a lot of misunderstandings and challenges related to this kind of work. Let’s take […]
Have you ever worked on a project with your team being spread across multiple locations? Have you ever encountered problems in communication in between the teams based in different countries? Have you ever thought about what you can do to make this type of cooperation more efficient? I recently have and here’s a couple of […]
I hope you enjoyed the series of posts about one of the approaches to identifying dimensions of cultures, created by Erin Meyer. This post is supposed to provide a brief summary of the dimensions so that you have them in one place as well as encourage you to explore the dimensions in more detail.