The New Normal is Online

Remote work

Whether the pandemic ends sooner or later, it is clear that a new normal is settling into the business world and likely, for good. If I may venture a few predictions: remote working will become an ideal way to manage cost, enhance productivity, and reduce pollution. Videoconferencing will become the default mode for meetings and…

Cultural Training in Canada

This particular article was created for ACCULTURA’s cross-cultural UK partner. We love spreading Canadian culture across the pond! Google doesn’t fancy a double copy so instead of republishing the article here, please find this informative take on cultural awareness training in Canada at: https://www.globalbusinessculture.com/cultural-awareness/cultural-training-in-canada/ #culturalintelligence #culturaltraining Happy reading!

Cultural Training: Enhancing team performance

Formation multiculturelle

Bet you’ve been interacting lots virtually these past few weeks! So what have you learned about managing diversity using ZOOM or SKYPE? Not as easy as you thought, right? So I’m betting that if your team is dispersed in various countries or made up of a rainbow of cultures (as is often the case in…

Cultural differences and unity in times of crisis

Diversity united

A dear friend recently sent me a video conveying a unifying message: Matthew McConaughey’s plea to unite in “fairness, kindness, accountability, resilience, respect, and courage” to fight this “faceless, race-less, and sexless disease.” This mobilizing video genuinely speaks to the “We are becoming one” message, as my friend observed. McConaughey’s message attests to her valid…

Teleworking, e-learning and crisis recovery

With COVID-19, most countries are on pause. Large segments of the population are going online, many of them to ensure business continuity. Remote work is becoming a business lifesaver. Some are accustomed to it, and others are just jumping in. We either see this situation through rose- or dark-coloured glasses. Is it an insurmountable obstacle?…

3 Tips to Efficient Online Cross-Cultural Communications

In this pandemic era, organizations are making the wise decision to working remotely. And so we find ourselves on our home computers working to ensure business continuity. For those who work with clients, employees and colleagues across borders, online meetings are replacing face-to-face meetings. But the challenge of cross-cultural communications online is not without risk….

3 International Marketing Blunders

When Ford launched its Ford Pinto vehicle in Brazil, its branding team learned the hard way that “pinto” was a slang term for “small male genitalia”… Taking your business abroad is a big step in the expansion of your company. New people, new markets, new money – it’s an exciting venture! Of course, it has…

Top 3 TED Talks to watch on Cultural Intelligence today

TED Talks on cultural intelligence

Cultural intelligence, cultural quotient (CQ) – these terms refer to the new reality of communicating and doing business across cultures. It represents a person’s ability to understand and adapt to the perspective of another. In a world of increasingly blurring borders, you are almost certain to interact with people of various cultural heritage. Whether the…

Everything You Wanted To Know About Diversity In The Workplace

Diversity

  Diversity is more than a recent trend among businesses. It’s more than a tool for companies to appear progressive. Diversity is the new reality of the world, whether personal or professional. It’s a necessity to allow our societies to keep moving forward. A heterogeneous workforce is crucial to help include and welcome underrepresented communities….

What Is Cultural Intelligence?

World map

A game-changer in a world without frontiers Imagine this scenario. You lead a successful company based somewhere in Europe. Business is booming; people love your product and profits abound. You have amassed enough capital to contemplate new horizons. Your advisors inform you that your product has great potential in Japan.  Excited, you task your marketing…