Blogs for Culture Vultures

Intercultural, Cross-cultural and Multicultural – What do they mean and why does it matter?

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Cross-cultural, intercultural and multicultural don’t mean the same thing.

Although these terms are often used interchangeably, they do, in fact, have very different meanings.

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Cultural Differences, Trust and Business Relationships

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What impact do you think cultural differences have on a business relationship and trust building?

Well, researchers have taken the time to try and find out!

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10 Common Cultural Differences when Working with Americans

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Depending on your own culture, working with Americans can be challenging.

When delivering cross-cultural training we get to hear many of the challenges facing professionals when working in the USA or with Americans remotely.

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10 Definitions of Intercultural Competence

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‘Intercultural Competence’ is a term often used within the diversity, inclusion and cultural training fields.

What does it actually mean? Is there is an agreed definition?

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Cultural Differences When Working with Indians

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Do you work with or do business with Indians? Do you sometimes find it confusing?

Well, believe us you're not the first or the last.

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Intercultural Communication Taught to Engineers is Behind the Times

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Being able to communicate and collaborate across cultures is crucial for many of today’s professions; engineers included.

However, a Japanese-led research team suggests that the intercultural communication skills being taught to today’s engineers are not fit for purpose.

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Stereotypes & Bias in Cultural Competence Training

Stereotypes & Bias in Cultural Competence Training

Essential to any sort of cultural awareness training are the two key concepts of stereotypes and bias.

As we touched on in an earlier blog, a common trap many of us naturally fall into when we are working in cross-cultural situation is to let our own cultural lens get in the way.

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What is Cross Cultural Training?

What is Cross Cultural Training?

With culturally aware professionals having a distinct advantage over their peers, cross cultural training is an essential part of any professional person's development.

International businesses increasingly cite cultural competence as a core requriement during the recruitment process. Why? Because culturally aware staff are more productive and successful in international roles.

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Does Living in a Multicultural Environment Give You Cross Cultural Skills?

Does Living in a Multicultural Environment Give You Cross Cultural Skills?

As cross-cultural training specialists, we sometimes come across resistance from delegates who have been obligated to attend a cultural awareness session by their boss, HR or the Learning and Development department.

Resistance may stem from many factors, not least of which may be that the benefits and background to the training course have not been fully communicated.

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Starting a Career as a Cross Cultural Trainer

Starting a Career as a Cross Cultural Trainer

Following on from our blog on becoming a trainer, we are very lucky to be able to pick the brains of an experienced cross cultural trainer with solid experience of the intercultural field.

Joyce Jenkins, President of SIETAR UK, offers her insights and advice to three questions about getting started as a trainer or a professional in the cross-cultural field.

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5 Essential Skills Every International Business Person Needs

5 Essential Skills Every International Business Person Needs

Working internationally comes with certain challenges - navigating cultural differences is just one.

Being able to work, communicate, sell to or buy from people in different countries, working in different times zones, with different ways of doing things is essential.

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The Four Benefits of Intercultural Training

The Four Benefits of Intercultural Training

4 Fab Ways Cultural Training Helps

Intercultural training has become of increasing importance in the past 10 years. Companies and organizations that are working on the international stage are starting to realise that working in or with foreign countries is not like working at home.

Cultural differences are causing obstacles to smooth, successful business relationships, dealings and ventures. People from managers, to sales personnel, to CEOs to HR staff are all now participating in intercultural training to help them become better at the their jobs.

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