Stereotyping is bad, we should all know that. But then… we also see that we do have a certain view of the world and of certain groups of people, based on our previous experiences, what we’ve read or what we’ve heard from others. So should we stop reading, learning and experiencing to have a blank […]
What is the first thing that would come to your mind if you were confirmed to do a project abroad? For many people it would be booking flights and accommodation, sorting out visas if necessary, perhaps doing some vaccinations too. It could also be learning more about the client’s company and results to-date, or maybe […]
Another year, more experiences, new learnings… and yet, some cultural myths are still prevalent in our thinking, and stop us from making the best out of our international teams, work and life. It’s time to bust them once and for all! Here are ten most common myths I hear from people about working across cultures. […]
Travelling for work is often a good selling point, which companies use to attract young professionals. Taglines of “you will get to see the world”, “you will get to work with people from other cultures”, “you will increase your international experience” are frequently used. And all that really is possible, but it is your personal […]
When working with people from different cultural backgrounds, do you also sometimes feel a strong emotion, but find it difficult to pin down why it is even actually there and what it means? If it’s anger you could feel your heart racing, your body finding it hard to just stay still – maybe you’re […]
There was multiple times where I felt annoyed, annoying, or stupid after moving abroad. At times, it was easier to deal with those emotions, other times it was not. There was one thing that I definitely learned from experiencing those emotions. I learned what truly matters to me. I learned what my values are. Some […]
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?
Many of us when moving homes focus deeply on the logistics, packing, shipping, closing contracts for the internet or other utilities. And that is true not only during an international move. But so many of us forget to look after our mental well-being during this time.
Introversion is not a disease. But those who are introverted know that being that way can pose some challenges in today’s world. There is a tendency to reward primarily extrovert behaviours, such as the ability to quickly build rapport with multiple colleagues during a networking event, express your emotions openly or socialise in a work […]
It seems like these days extroverts rule the world – would you agree? Everyone seems to attend 50 networking events per year, make speeches at TedTalks, record YouTube videos or run their own companies…