intercultural competence

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 [...]

Unconscious Bias: Halloween Edition

By |2018-10-17T10:58:13+00:00October 9th, 2018|Cross-Cultural, Culture, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Holidays, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, U.S. Holidays|

Masquerade by Pexels Today it is common to hear the term “unconscious bias.” What exactly does that mean? Biases are positive or negative prejudices we have towards someone or something. These biases may be conscious and explicit  -- or unconscious and implicit. Unconscious and implicit means that they are instinctive [...]

Avoid Cultural Appropriation on Halloween

By |2018-10-11T14:54:17+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Business Etiquette, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Workplace Diversity|

Ancient Art by Pexels At the end of October, without fail, there will be public outcry about a Halloween costume that one of a number of notables or celebrities wore for the Hollywood party circuit. In fact, many publicists in Los Angeles, California intensely dislike the holiday for just that reason. [...]

Argentina- Best Places to Connect to Nature and Culture

By |2018-10-11T14:54:18+00:00September 26th, 2018|Career Tips, Chile, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, Intercultural, intercultural competence, intercultural training case, International Travel Tips, Self-Awareness, South America, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette|

  Perito Moreno by Deensel on flikr With its name stemming from the Latin word for silver, the country of Argentina is home to rich landscapes including the rolling hills of Patagonia, the Andes Mountains and Iguazu Falls, which is 1.5 times higher than Niagara Falls. Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, is among one [...]

France: Relating to the Business Culture

By |2018-10-11T14:54:19+00:00September 10th, 2018|Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, France, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Protocol, International Travel Tips, Networking, Office Culture, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette, United States, Workplace Etiquette|

Aurel, France by Eric Bauer on flickr France Cultural Dimensions: Reflection of Reality in France With Paris as its heart, France emanates high fashion, inspiring architecture, breathtaking art, fine cuisine and superb wine. In fact, the word “culture” is a French word, derived from the Latin word colere, meaning “to tend to the [...]

What You Need to Know About Hispanic Heritage Month

By |2018-10-11T14:54:19+00:00September 7th, 2018|Central America, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Holidays, South America, Spain, Travel, U.S. Holidays|

Photo by Stéphan Valentin on Unsplash The U.S. is known for being a big melting pot due to its rich cultural diversity. It is estimated that 18 percent of U.S. Americans have an Hispanic or Latino heritage and are an integral part of the economic and social base of the country. As we [...]

Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in Chile: The Land of Poets

By |2018-10-11T14:54:20+00:00September 6th, 2018|Career Tips, Chile, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Global Etiquette, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Travel Tips, Networking, Relationship Building, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, South America, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette|

Las Condes, Santiago by Deensel on flikr Due to the long vertical length of its territory, Chile is country of 7 climates, from tropical deserts in the north to the sub antarctic weather in the south. Also known as the “Land of Poets,” Chile is believed to have won this nickname because of [...]

3 Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in Argentina: The Land of Silver

By |2018-10-11T14:54:20+00:00September 5th, 2018|Argentina, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Culture, Customer Service Etiquette, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Language and Culture, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, South America, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette, Workplace Diversity|

Buenos Aires photo by Deensel on flikr Argentum, the Latin term for silver, is the reason behind the country’s name Argentina. The origin comes from the first Spanish conquerors to reach the Rio de La Plata, or the Silver River, where they were welcomed by the natives with gifts from this precious material. [...]

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 [...]

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