As stated in Forbes, “those who embrace diversity will be more likely to prosper, and those who ignore it will be more likely to fail”. It’s one of the reasons why posts bidding for diversity inundate our newsfeeds on a daily basis. It’s now one of the defining issues our times. My network is currently buzzing … Continue reading D&I – Diversity and Inclusion It’s not about the WHY, it’s about the WHAT
We are all familiar with the idiom “Great minds think alike.” But do they? Of course having similar ideas to others means that we have more in common and it’s easy to get along with PLU (people like us) because they are of similar mindset. But what is notable about this if we are looking … Continue reading Great minds think …differently
You know how some people get offended by directness? And others get annoyed when people don’t actually say what they really mean? And have you ever wondered why that is? Some of my trainees really appreciate the space I create for them my in intercultural sessions. It’s a safe setting to discuss these differences and … Continue reading Don’t just DO diversity, DO BUSINESS with it!
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 … Continue reading Cross-cultural team building: taking the ‘mis’ out of miscommunication.
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 … Continue reading Haggis meets Bratwurst – an interview with Angus Robertson
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 … Continue reading Being bilingual – the ability to speak two languages rather badly
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 … Continue reading Had enough of experiencing culture bumps?
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 … Continue reading The “bear” necessities of working with Russia
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 … Continue reading Changing cultural ballparks