Business and the Environment

International Strategic Planning Month

By |2018-10-11T14:54:15+00:00October 29th, 2018|Business and the Environment, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Lifestyle, Strategic Planning|

Photo taken from Pixabay Strategic planning is an essential process throughout the lifespan of a company. It identifies priorities, allocates resources, and can pivot the company direction toward success. Strategic plans can be drawn for short-term projects or long term goals. If you think your company is not in need of a [...]

4 Cross-Cultural Tips for a Successful Office Halloween

By |2018-10-18T16:55:40+00:00October 17th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, celebrations, Culture, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, U.S. Holidays, United States, Workplace Etiquette|

Halloween reminds us of a cardinal rule in U.S. business - to avoid mixing work and pleasure. This is why during the holiday season, there is a need for a balance between productivity and company morale. Consider these celebratory tips to enjoy a culturally appropriate holiday with colleagues and customers.

National Bullying Prevention Month

By |2018-10-11T14:54:15+00:00October 16th, 2018|Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Intercultural, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Workplace Etiquette|

Business Discussion --- By © Royalty-Free/Corbis There is a common misconception that bullying only occurs in schools or universities; however, bullying in the workplace is more common than many people realize. According to the 2017 US Workplace Bullying Survey, 60% of U.S. workers have been affected by bullying at some point in their [...]

Build a Better Image Week

By |2018-10-11T14:54:18+00:00September 27th, 2018|Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Lifestyle, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Wardrobe, Workplace Etiquette|

Sharper Image by Pexels In honor of Building a Better Image Week we explore what it means and what it takes to build a professional, positive image. Business brand improvement is important for growth, drive and motivation. Business image includes perception by others and whether your brand conveys confidence and competency. The [...]

The Ghost Gala: Obon Festival

By |2018-10-11T14:54:20+00:00August 10th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Gala Etiquette, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Intercultural, International Holidays, International Travel Tips, Japan, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Relationships, Religious Celebrations, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Travel|

The Obon (or Bon) Festival, widely known as the Festival of Souls, commences on August 13th and ends on August 16th this year. This annual Japanese Buddhist three-day festival is dedicated to celebrating Japanese family heritage. The origin begins with a disciple of Buddha, Mokuren (Maha Maudgalyayana), who used his powers to peer [...]

National Humor Month: Four Tips for Culturally-Sensitive Humor

By |2018-10-11T14:54:26+00:00April 6th, 2018|avoiding international blunders, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Language and Culture, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Office Culture, Self-Awareness, US Observances, Workplace Diversity, Workplace Etiquette|

From harmless puns and silly memes, to stereotypical jokes and shady sarcasm, humor is a diverse concept with a slightly different meaning for everyone. Whether you consider yourself a born jokester, or prefer to keep a serious profile, it’s vital to understand humor’s place in a professional environment, especially if the workplace is multicultural. As [...]

Unlocking Zimbabwe’s Buzzing Business Culture

By |2018-10-11T14:54:27+00:00April 4th, 2018|Africa, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, global competency, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Travel Tips, Relationship Building, Self-Awareness, Workplace Etiquette, Zimbabwe|

As the African Cats are poised to overtake the Asian Tigers, Zimbabwe has gained international attention as a popular investment and expansion location. An English-speaking African nation with blossoming mining and manufacturing sectors, we discovered during our recent business travels that Zimbabwe's economy is a diamond in the rough.   Ten years ago, new promise [...]

Stress Awareness Month: 5 Tips for Overcoming Office Stress

By |2018-10-11T14:54:27+00:00April 2nd, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Career Tips, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Self-Awareness, Stress, US Observances|

The U.S. is internationally known for its “work hard, play hard” mentality. While not at the top of the list, and many consider the U.S. American workplace to be among the most stressful worldwide. In fact, in 2017 Forbes ranked the US as the second most competitive country worldwide, and a survey by Monster revealed [...]

The Five Wardrobe Rules for Workplace Success, Part I

By |2018-10-11T14:54:28+00:00March 19th, 2018|Business and the Environment, Career Tips, Modern Manners, Wardrobe|

Spring is a time when warmer weather makes us want to pull out our fun summer clothing. Whether we’re meeting a new client, making a presentation, or job interviewing, wardrobe is a major aspect of our mission to make a stellar impression. Clothing selection is a prime example of indirect communication, as fashion can make [...]

Catalonia & Spain: 4 Cultural Differences

By |2018-10-11T14:54:30+00:00January 16th, 2018|Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Calalonia, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Europe, global competency, intercultural competence, Language and Culture, Music, Spain|

As the Catalonian referendum continues to make international headlines, people around the world are asking about the cultural distinctions between Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain, and the rest of the Spanish territory. During my business travels to Barcelona, Spain, the phrase ‘Catalonia is not Spain’ has not only been heard, but viscerally experienced during [...]

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