Cross-Cultural

Valentine’s Day 2022: Social Norms, Romance & Celebrating at Home

By |2022-02-04T16:04:44-06:00February 6th, 2022|Cross-Cultural|

Image: stock.adobe.com By Natalia Whether you are dating, in a new relationship, or you’ve been married for nearly 30 years like us, celebrating Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to break the bank. It’s about expressing yourself authentically in your relationship. Consider these ideas to celebrate with the whole family or your significant other without incurring great [...]

Exploring 5 Global Cultures for National Hot Tea Month

By |2022-01-18T11:52:54-06:00January 18th, 2022|Africa, Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, China, Chinese Culture, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global, India|

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels Do you know what the most consumed liquid in the world is after water? And hint: It’s not beer! Tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis and is the second most consumed drink on the planet. So, in honor of National Hot Tea Month, we are exploring five global [...]

Central & Eastern European Global Gift Giving Customs

By |2021-12-16T15:16:42-06:00December 16th, 2021|Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, gift-giving, global competency, Global Etiquette|

Prague castle in the Czech Republic, Hlavní město Praha, CzechiaImage by Julius Silver from Pexels As a frequent business traveler, I seek opportunities to bring thoughtful gifts from Austin when I travel to Central and Eastern Europe. My business counterparts enjoy original Texas products including AustinNuts, Lammes Candies Longhorns, and Texas Map linens. So, how do I [...]

Global Gift Giving in Asia and the U.S.A. 2021

By |2021-12-14T19:19:18-06:00December 14th, 2021|Asia, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Culture|

A blue and white Texas porcelain tray is nestled beautifully among other cherished gifts on the office coffee table of Madam Nie Meisheng. She is the former Chairwoman of the Chinese Real Estate Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, China. When I gifted this eye-catching, artfully scalloped ‘made-in-Texas, USA’ tray, I intended it to be a special item [...]

The Culture Question Part II: International Negotiations 

By |2021-12-02T14:08:37-06:00December 2nd, 2021|Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, global competency|

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay When looking to expand abroad or partner with a multinational firm, even the most successful business professionals get blindsided by unexpected cross-cultural differences. The reality is that certain business practices- including regulation, contract mediation, and decision making- vary widely according to the cultures in negotiation. Before you [...]

Global Diversity Awareness Month 2021

By |2021-10-04T15:51:04-05:00October 1st, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, diversity, Workplace Diversity|

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Worldwide, as well as within the U.S., organizations are recognizing the importance of globally diverse teams for achieving success. Although its origins are unknown, Global Diversity Awareness Month is celebrated annually in October. It is an excellent time to learn about how a culturally diverse organization builds [...]

10 ETIQUETTE TIPS FOR VISITING MUSEUMS

By |2021-09-18T10:59:21-05:00September 18th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette|

Image: silosandsmokestacks.org Many people are ready to venture out and explore the world again. A recent study at the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin) in Germany has determined that the risk of COVID-19 transmission is far lower in museums and theaters than in supermarkets, restaurants, offices, or public transportation. Since today is Smithsonian Magazine [...]

5 Customary Yom Kippur Practices

By |2021-09-14T11:30:29-05:00September 14th, 2021|Cross-Cultural, Culture, Religious Celebrations|

Image by falco from Pixabay Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the most significant holiday in Judaism. It is a day when the Jewish people ask forgiveness for the wrongs they have committed over the past year. It is the holiest day of the year and is traditionally observed [...]

Honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month in 2021

By |2021-09-13T10:20:08-05:00September 13th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture|

Plaza Espana Seville Spain: Image by David Mark from Pixabay From distinguished politicians driving social change to recognized STEM field innovators, Hispanics continue to make monumental contributions to the United States, as well as worldwide. With over 60 million U.S. American citizens of Latino or Hispanic heritage comprising 18 percent of the U.S. population, our country flourishes with [...]

Have a Rice Day Celebrating National Rice Month

By |2021-08-20T18:28:59-05:00September 1st, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture|

Photo by thanhhoa tran from Pexels National Rice Month began in 1991 when President George H.W. Bush signed an official proclamation designating September as the month. The president and the United States Rice Federation created this month-long celebration to encourage the consumption of this tiny, mighty grain in our daily dining. Today, we celebrate the [...]

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