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…

Employee and cyber security in international business

Investing in employee safety and cyber security is not optional for a business with an international footprint -- it’s a must. In the global business world this is about risk mitigation and as such the question becomes: how to do it and to…

Living in one country, voting in another -- staying involved isn't always easy

As a dual citizen I have the privilege, and the responsibility, to vote in two countries. This hasn’t always been the case however -- I lived in the US for well over a decade as a non-citizen, unable to vote. It was a great feeling when I…

The end of an era, the start of something new

My youngest child just got her driver’s license. I know it shouldn’t be that big of a deal, but this time it was -- for me. My daughter was just a couple of weeks past her sixteenth birthday and she was sure that if it didn’t happen now,…

How cultural brokers facilitate creativity, productivity on multicultural teams

Innovation is a must to be successful and stay relevant in any business and there is plenty of research supporting the claim that having a multicultural team boosts both creativity and promotes problem solving. And it makes sense, a diverse…

The many ways of communicating

One of the reasons to love traveling is the opportunity learn – about new cultures, languages and about yourself. You don’t even have to leave your country to be exposed to a different way of life. Moving successfully between cultures, whether…

Communication – Brings us Together and Sets us Apart

If our ability to communicate is what defines us as humans, then why aren’t we better at it? If you consider that something as simple as the “V-sign” hand gesture has completely different meanings depending on where you are – it’s…