Cross-cultural team building: taking the ‘mis’ out of miscommunication.

Have you ever wondered by a member of your team is constantly late or always talking about private things in a professional environment? Or questioned yourself why a team member seems to be reluctant about committing themselves to a deadline?  But did you ever ask yourself if they were late according to their watch or […]

Haggis meets Bratwurst – an interview with Angus Robertson

Angus Robertson is a business, communication and public diplomacy consultant. Many of you will know him from his position as a Depute Leader for the Scottish Party and campaign leader for the Scotland Independence campaign. However, I know Angus from my Beiwagerl (Austrian for a language assistant or literally sidecar) days. We met in a […]

Being bilingual – the ability to speak two languages rather badly

But it’s übercool….. Are you one of many parents out there bringing up kids bi- or trilingually? Are you sick of parents of monolingual kids telling you “Wow, your kids are so lucky” whilst you trawl through Maths in another language when you actually never really got it in your mother tongue? You barely understand […]

Had enough of experiencing culture bumps?

Why training intercultural competences is vital in today’s working world Travelling abroad is the number one stop for getting out of your comfort zone and learning is guaranteed. Doing business abroad is similar, but working across countries is not an easy feat at times. You have to learn the ropes by trial and error but sometimes […]

The “bear” necessities of working with Russia

One of my personal professional highlights of 2018 was working in Chelyabinsk, Russia in September. After dealing with the initial scepticism of people at home banging on about nerve agents and spies, I boarded my Aeroflot flight and left the fearmongering media coverage of the Kremlin and Novichok behind me. And the only bear I […]

Changing cultural ballparks

  The art of painless relocation Although there is currently talk of a reduction in the number of international assignments available to employees, which means less relocation, there are still many reasons why people move to another country. It is often more effective and more efficient to train up local talent to provide continuity and sustainability […]