Business and the Environment

Walk a Day in my Shoes: World Hijab Day

By |2019-01-14T12:58:42-06:00January 21st, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Intercultural, Interfaith, Travel, Women in the Workforce, Workplace Diversity|

Women of Business by Pexels  This February 1st will count as the seventh annual celebration of World Hijab Day. Ms. Nazma Khan, the founder of this movement has encouraged women worldwide to experience observing Hijab for a day. It is an all inclusive celebration for non-Muslims and non-hijab Muslims to “walk a [...]

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

By |2019-02-03T15:22:03-06:00January 8th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, global competency, Goals, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Observances, International Travel Tips, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Self-Awareness, SXSW, Travel, United States, US Observances|

Afterglow by Pexels What You Need to Know on Human Trafficking Awareness Day When I learned that human trafficking occurs in Austin during SXSW I was stunned. How could this happen in our Texas city? Yes, our population has increased dramatically, yet I associated this problem with sprawling, urban metropolitan areas. I [...]

International Strategic Planning Month

By |2018-10-11T14:54:15-05:00October 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 |2018-10-18T16:55:40-05:00October 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 |2018-10-11T14:54:15-05:00October 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 |2018-10-11T14:54:18-05:00September 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 |2018-10-11T14:54:20-05:00August 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 |2018-10-11T14:54:26-05:00April 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 |2018-10-11T14:54:27-05:00April 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 |2018-10-11T14:54:27-05:00April 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 [...]

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