Did you know that the very dense fibres in each cane of bamboo give the plant extreme flexibility, allowing it to bend without snapping? In earthquakes, a bamboo forest is actually a very safe place to take shelter, and houses[...]..
Diversity is the new normal and we’d better get used to it! We are living and working in an age of rapid change: increasing globalisation and connectivity, faster time to market, more cross-border mergers and acquisitions, many new and more[...]..
Yes, I know we’re not supposed to in this age of political correctness but how many times do we hear other people doing it, catch a hint of it on TV, and (god forbid) find ourselves consciously or sub-consciously doing[...]..
I have a Jewish-American composer friend who used to visit me when I lived in Switzerland, and on one occasion he came down to the farm I cultivated in Italy. Frank is a lovely and highly intelligent man, with wide[...]..
At the heart of many people’s difficulties with adapting to other cultures and mind-sets and ways of doing things lies fear. What kind of fear? Fear of otherness; fear of making mistakes or a fool of yourself; fear that[...]..
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,[...]..
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[...]..
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[...]..
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[...]..
Working and communicating across cultures can be an unsettling business for many people, particularly if they are not familiar with the culture(s) in question. Sometimes this is expressed in curious ways – such as wanting to find a quick rule[...]..