What's Creating a Buzz in the World of Global Mobility in 2019?

The biggest factor impacting global mobility is perhaps the most obvious: globalization—of society and business alike. But, there are other factors at play as well, such as research showing multicultural teams being more creative and productive…
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Feeling Settled—Gaining and Losing Cultural References

I was looking for a long lost friend on the Internet the other day when I stumbled across an article on her dad in a Swedish newspaper. Her dad was American and the article highlighted his 50th birthday with an interview discussing his life,…

A Little Hospitality Goes a Long Way

The expression “Southern Hospitality” is usually defined as “showing graciousness, kindness and warmth to others”. Visiting the American South recently, I feel like I got to experience it first hand -- people in general were friendly,…

The Hybrid Existence of the Globally Mobile

Flying back to California after a visit home in December, my seatmate was a woman visiting her daughter and grandchildren over Christmas break. Like me, her daughter had lived abroad for many years and, like me, her daughter had recently bought…

How do You Want to Manage Your Multicultural Team in the New Year?

It’s well established by now that multicultural teams, and collaboration across borders, is a boon to innovation and productivity. However, the boon can just as easily be a bust on a multicultural team that lacks clear leadership and understanding…

Learning the Local Language – a Key to Social Adaptation

As a non-native English speaker, I have had my fair share of English language faux pas over the years. Mostly, the mistakes have been innocent and without great consequence, such as mispronouncing a word or messing up grammatically. There are…

Globiana's team share their holiday traditions

Globiana's staff hail from all over the world. Not only that, we reside in different parts of the world -- many of us far away from our native countries. The holiday season tends to remind us of traditions, foods and activities from home. Here…

Why books are my go-to gift

My grandmother used to always say that she felt sorry for those who didn’t read. She loved books and one of her favorite expressions was “you miss out on whole worlds if you don’t read”. She was right of course -- books have the ability…

Managing Multicultural Teams During the Holidays

Managing a multicultural team presents its fair share of challenges and hurdles in the best of circumstances. What makes the holidays extra tricky is the fact that there are so many personal feelings, expectations, and traditions involved. It’s…

The Case for Cultural Knowledge in Global Business

If your business success hinges on how you work with people from around the world, then learning about the cultures of your global business partners is crucial. The reason is simple: it makes good business sense. As a matter of fact, failing…

Navigating multicultural life with multicultural kids

The other night, my high school aged daughter insisted we watch this Spanish TV-series she has gotten hooked on. She said it was really good and she wanted me to see it. I was thrilled that she asked me to watch with her, and also excited because…

Safety for the international assignee

Moving abroad for work typically comes with a bit of a learning curve – there is a new language to learn, a different culture to understand and an array of practical matters to figure out. From a safety standpoint, having a deeper knowledge…