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[...]..
I often find client’s eyes glazing over when I talk about business etiquette, and their eyes close completely when I go on to business etiquette in Asia. It sounds so boring, doesn’t it? ‘Etiquette’ suggests the position of knives and[...]..
One of the biggest challenges when communicating across cultures is the tendency to say and think ‘be like me’. This can cause all kinds of difficulties doing business in other countries and cultures like those of Asia – in negotiations,[...]..
When asked about the biggest challenges they face in doing business in international markets, companies and business leaders often cite lack of cultural awareness and knowledge as being major obstacles to their success. And yet when the same leaders focus[...]..
As business becomes increasingly globalised, cultural intelligence and intercultural competence is becoming an essential strategic tool for cross-border relationship and team building, targeted branding and marketing, risk navigation and successful negotiations. In this series of Intercultural Challenges, I look at[...]..