Communicating across borders
On irony: Communicating in the global team
Irony and sarcasm often energises our communication, provided both sides understand the "code". In a multicultural team, that code is very likely not there. Coded language in the multicultural environment - even humour - can be poisonous if we are not keenly aware of how others understand us!
Global teams and how they generate value, part 1
Global teams usually constitute different cultures. This can be of great value - but many such teams are at risk of losing valuable people because of cultural issues: how people communicate and with whom; how we interact as people and professionals, etc. Establishing a team culture is the way forward. GlobalCompetence paves the way to performance and retention!
Making global teams succeed, part 2: the importance of formal and informal behaviour
For global teams to succeed, understanding the value of formal and informal interaction is the gateway to capitalising on the global team's cultural diversity. Being informal and personal before meetings and formal during meetings is a great starting point!
Breathe properly for better presentations
Your body is your instrument - make it sound good!
Geert Hofstede on power distance
One of Hofstede's six cultural dimensions is distance people see between low and high, child and parent, employee and boss. Hofstede points out that a high score on power distance indcates that those in the low end of the power structure see themselves as belonging to and accepting their place in the hierarchy. Russia scores very high, Denmark very low. Imagine what that means! Hofstede puts power distance into an interesting and thought-provoking perspective.