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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Photo by Ben Duchac on Unsplash Technology has opened exciting new doors for entrepreneurs. One such opportunity is to conduct business virtually. We can now build a company and lead it to success entirely on the internet. Whether you’re selling goods, offering services, or even blogging and streaming game videos, you can
Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash International business can be both a thrilling adventure and a ruthless trial. This is particularly true for new entrepreneurs trying to pierce into lucrative markets overseas. Your ambitions and the inspiration from the success of predecessors can drive you to realize your dreams. However, while the experiences