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…

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…

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…

Strategic benefits of language learning in a multinational workplace

Any company doing business internationally knows the importance of being able to communicate effectively with its foreign counterparts. Likewise, a business with a multinational workforce needs to ensure that communication within the organization…

Why companies supporting expatriate children have an edge

As international interactions become ever more vital in the increasingly competitive global workplace, relocation trends are encouraging regarding the current and future growth of expatriate populations. Many of these expats have a family in…

Duty of care – what it really means to the globally mobile employee

While the globally mobile workforce tends to report higher rates of satisfaction with their work situation compared to the general population, they also report being less happy when it comes to personal health and wellbeing. In the long-term,…

Strategies for creating a truly inclusive multicultural workplace

With an increasingly integrated global economy and more people than ever moving abroad for work, gaining a greater understanding of what it is that makes a multicultural workplace function well is an important task. What are the best practices…

The importance of dress code around the world

About a year after arriving in Silicon Valley as an accompanying partner I went to my first job interview. I remember feeling thoroughly out of place without quite being able to put my finger on the reason why. I had dressed up for the interview…
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Good leadership is a matter of culture

As more top managers seek to develop their global skills through going on international assignments, they must be aware that the definition of a strong leader is a matter of culture. Around the world good leadership is well-defined – but…