intercultural competence

3 Cultural Considerations for Global Negotiations

By |2022-07-11T15:53:24-05:00July 11th, 2022|avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, Global, Global Etiquette, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Office Culture, Workplace Etiquette|

Remember that international negotiations are a marathon, not a sprint.

8 Culture Tips for Doing Business with Poland

By |2021-07-10T16:05:16-05:00July 6th, 2021|Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Culture, intercultural competence, International Protocol, Poland|

Krakow Poland Image by Sharon Schweitzer As an industrial powerhouse of Central Europe, Poland attracts the attention of businesses and investors worldwide. The economic forecast for Poland for 2021 and 2022 reflects steady growth according to the May 2021 European Economic Forecast. Poland’s economy is projected to grow by 4.0% in 2021 and 5.4% in 2022, with [...]

Introducing Intercultural Competence

By |2019-02-21T10:18:05-06:00February 20th, 2019|Author Reviews and Profiles, book recommendations, Business and the Environment, Cross-Cultural, Culture, global competency, intercultural competence, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Self-Awareness, Travel, Travel Book Recommendations|

Craig Storti, Sharon Schweitzer, and Alex Matveev by Sietar USA This 3-part blog series is a book review of Dr. Alex Matveev’s excellent book  Intercultural Competence in Organizations. Alex and I met during SIETAR USA in 2017 where we were featured as published authors. We immediately felt a Central-Eastern European bond since he [...]

How to Build a Cross-Cultural Career: 8 Tips from an Attorney Turned Coach

By |2019-01-10T18:09:52-06:00January 30th, 2019|Business and the Environment, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, SXSW, Travel|

 In 2018 I was selected to be a SXSW mentor for International Business. Once the potential mentees signed up for their sessions, I contacted them via the SXSocial App and LinkedIn to inquire about their questions since preparing in advance and bringing value were crucial. More than 50% of the mentees asked “How did [...]

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 [...]

6 Colombian Christmas Customs shared by a Colombian Millennial

By |2018-12-11T14:44:00-06:00December 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 |2018-10-17T10:58:13-05:00October 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 |2018-10-11T14:54:17-05:00October 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 |2018-10-11T14:54:18-05:00September 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 |2018-10-11T14:54:19-05:00September 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 [...]

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