Cultural Diversity Is the New Normal – Are You Ready?

Cultural Diversity Is the New Normal – Are You Ready?

Diversity is the new normal---and we’d better get used to it. Under the impact of migration, globalisation, and the concentration of work in super-connected cities across the world, we are dealing with people of many different national, ethnic, cultural, social,[...]..
Be Your Own GHQ – Managing Across Cultures

Be Your Own GHQ – Managing Across Cultures

  Cultural understanding almost always starts with the personal—which means it starts with you. Without a strong sense of who you are and how your own culture has influenced and shaped you, you are very unlikely to know how to[...]..
The Karaoke Test – Business Across Cultures

The Karaoke Test – Business Across Cultures

I have a Czech friend in London who works for a major bank, which recently sent him to Melbourne with a one-day stopover in Singapore for client meetings. The stopover was followed by a non-stop flight to Melbourne where he[...]..
The Cross-Cultural Mentor’s Guide To Leadership

The Cross-Cultural Mentor’s Guide To Leadership

We are all on a cultural intelligence journey every day of our lives in this rich, complex and sometimes deeply unsettling world of ours. In our businesses, families and relationships, we connect as a matter of course with people from[...]..
5 Powerful Smart Skills For Success In Asia Pacific

5 Powerful Smart Skills For Success In Asia Pacific

You work for a large multinational company. Your colleagues are largely Caucasian like you, but there are also a significant number of people of Afro-Caribbean, Hispanic, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Japanese, Indian, Korean and Chinese backgrounds in the companies’ various divisions.[...]..
How To Meet And Greet In Asia Business

How To Meet And Greet In Asia Business

How do you address people respectfully in Asia’s diverse cultures? And how do you greet them in the crucial moment before business cards are exchanged? How do you make a good first impression? These may seem like very obvious questions[...]..
Why Asian Business Cards Are Not a Joke

Why Asian Business Cards Are Not a Joke

The whole subject of business card etiquette in Asia is a subject that creates a minefield of misunderstandings for Western businesspeople and a lot of embarrassed amusement – or rather, bemusement. However, there is no reason why this should be[...]..
A Short ABC OF Chinese Business Negotiations

A Short ABC OF Chinese Business Negotiations

When approaching business meetings or negotiations in China, remember that the entire procedure is a little like a team sport. In most companies, employees are team members for life. China itself is a huge national team that values cohesiveness and[...]..
5 Tips For Speeches and Presentations in Asia

5 Tips For Speeches and Presentations in Asia

One of the business leadership skills that is most difficult for Western executives to master in Asia is the art of cross-cultural communication. In Asia’s high context cultures, where mutual trust and understanding are the essential pre-requisites to building successful[...]..