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Back to “normal” at work

As Covid restrictions are lifted more and more organisations are eager to returning their work back to "normal" but, what is "normal"? Is it reasonable to assume we will pick up our habits as they were in February 2020? Or is it not realistic to assume you can pick up right where we left off…

How to align your corporate culture towards business success?

A strong organisational culture is the key to a successful business to many leaders in business. Therefore, corporate culture plays a key role in supporting business strategy. Organisational culture is, simply put, "the way we do things around here". It's about the ways in which a company conducts itself as a whole, including all it's…

Cultural literacy

This blog has been discussing intercultural (mis)communication for a few years now. What hasn't had a lot of attention yet though, are the expectations when it comes to the ability of people to engage with traditions and activities of people who come from different cultural backgrounds. Since this subject plays a big rol in intercultural…

World café

In my last blog I discussed intercultural dialogue, and I gave you three practical methods to facilitate opportunities for dialogue: 1.    Experiential learning. Get to know your host country. Build traditions together with your team. Highlight cultural aspects of the host country and invite everyone to talk about their cultural backgrounds. 2.    Art & music. Encourage people to provoke…

Is your team ready for intercultural dialogue?

How to facilitate opportunities for dialogue in a culturally diverse team? Making everyone's voice in your team heard and understood by facilitating team building, communication, and open dialogue! This blog provides three different practical methods to facilitate opportunities for dialogue in a culturally diverse team. It also will give insights in cultural peculiarities based on…

Resolving cultural conflict at work

Let me start by saying that I am a firm believer of prevention. Prevention is always better than resolving. What if you are too late though? What if the conflict is already there? How do you solve a cultural conflict at work? That is the topic that I will cover in this blog and I…

Cultural awareness at work in 6 steps

Why do you need cultural awareness in the workplace if you already have skilled workers? Well, by promoting cultural awareness and improving your teams cultural literacy skills, your team will overcome cultural differences. Employees that can overcome these differences will act as a team with a common goal and common goals build team spirit and…

Why Dutchies act the way they do

Why do Dutchies act the way they do? In other words, Dutch culture and the traditions related to it. Interested in in some background on behaviour and traditions of the Dutch, including many examples you can relate to? Than this blog is for you. Let's start with a little perspective: the main difference between culture…

We welcome all

A while ago I addressed social inclusion, this blog will continue on that subject by expanding the subject to social and cultural diversity and it's implications in the Netherlands. First off, what is social diversity? Social diversity refers to a variety of individuals when it comes to race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, language, sexual…

You might sabotage yourself without knowing

Making intercultural communication effective is key when it comes to improving productivity & overall performance in diverse teams. Often enough though, without the intention or even knowing, we sabotage our own effective listening. How do we do this? When you rethink conversations that took place in intercultural settings the level of sabotage can be reduced…