global competency

6 Colombian Christmas Customs shared by a Colombian Millennial

By |2018-12-11T14:44:00+00:00December 10th, 2018|Colombia, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Significance of Food, Culture, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, Indigenous Peoples, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Toasts, Lifestyle, Relationships, U.S. Holidays|

Handmade Hammocks from Villa de Leyva, Colombia by Sophie Echeverry Today we are delighted to feature Sophie Echeverry, a guest blogger living and working in the U.S.A. who is from Bogota, Colombia.    As a Colombian, I cherish Christmas customs from my home country. I have celebrated 21 of my 22 Christmases [...]

Chuseok: How to Celebrate the Korean Way

By |2018-10-11T14:54:19+00:00September 17th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Korea, Korean Celebrations, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, South Korea|

If your business travels in early October take you to Korea, knowledge of the following Chuseok customs will prepare you to engage in intelligent conversation about this traditional harvest festival.

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 [...]

Unlocking Estonia’s Thriving Business Culture: 3 Cross-Cultural Tips

By |2018-10-11T14:54:27+00:00March 30th, 2018|Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Estonia, global competency, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Travel Tips, Technology/Gear, Travel|

Few people might expect the small Baltic nation of Estonia to become an international leader in technological and start-up sectors, but this northern European powerhouse has led the continent in tech development over the last decade. Not only does it have one of the highest ranked business environments (ranked 12th in the world by World [...]

Three Tips for Cross-Cultural Mastery in the UAE

By |2018-10-11T14:54:27+00:00March 28th, 2018|Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, global competency, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Middle East, Middle East Culture|

As we discovered during our January visit, from the dazzling city of Dubai, to the buzzing metropolis of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates is rapidly climbing the ranks of the global business ladder, and investors worldwide are taking note. According to the Institute of International Finance, FDI into the UAE jumped from 8.9 billion [...]

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 [...]

Arabic in the 2018 Business World: Three Reasons to Learn Arabic

By |2018-10-11T14:54:31+00:00December 13th, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, global competency, Global Traditions, International Protocol, International Travel Tips, Language and Culture, Middle East, Middle East Culture, Relationship Building, Travel|

The U.N. Arabic Language Day is celebrated on Dec. 18 every year, the following 3 reasons will not only inform you, but encourage you to consider learning Arabic in 2018.

Corporate Telephone Etiquette: A Wake Up Call for Millennials

By |2018-10-11T14:54:31+00:00December 12th, 2017|avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Customer Service Etiquette, global competency, Global Etiquette, Gracious Living, intercultural competence, Lifestyle, Millennials, Modern Manners, Networking, Office Culture, Phone Etiquette and Protocol, Relationship Building, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Workplace Diversity, Workplace Etiquette|

In an era when everyday communication methods involve GIF keyboards, Snapchat filters, and group messaging, young professionals are poorly trained on verbal telephone conversations. If you fall into this category, consider these 5 guidelines for corporate telephone etiquette.

Art of Conversations in the Millennial Age

By |2018-10-11T14:54:32+00:00December 4th, 2017|Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Culture and Commercialism, Customer Service Etiquette, global competency, Interview Etiquette, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Millennials, Modern Manners, Networking, Office Culture, Phone Etiquette and Protocol, University Students, Workplace Diversity, Workplace Etiquette|

To dispel this stereotype and strengthen millennial interpersonal skills, avoid these four modern communication mishaps.

Global Gift Giving in Southern Europe

By |2018-10-11T14:54:32+00:00November 30th, 2017|Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Central America, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Europe, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Holiday Season, Italy, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Traveling Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

Absorb wisdom and educate others about global gifting tips to increase your cross-cultural understanding of the world.

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