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…

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…

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…

Does your personality influence adaptation?

Looking in the mirror from time to time to evaluate how "things are going" is always a good idea. Taking personality tests online (on a regular basis because when you evolve so does your personality) can give your valuable insights in the way you live your life/want to live your life. Dialogue with the Dutch…

How many levels do you know?

Levels of diversity Did you know that when we talk about diversity we often think about culture? Well cultural diversity definitely is one of the layers of diversity, but there is more to it than culture alone. Culture is actually the outer layer of the diversity paradigm, therefor it's very visible. No wonder this is…

COVID-19 pandemic and cultural differences

In these hard times, where the world gets tortured with the Corona virus, intercultural communication in the professional life is a daily situation. There is a lot to learn from other countries in these difficult times. But there are so many different approaches, so where to start? It's a hot topic, intercultural communication in business.…

Ethnocentrism & cultural relativism

According to Wikipedia ethnocentrism is the act of judging another culture based on preconceptions that are found in the values and standards of one's own culture. In the field of intercultural communication this is a major subject. Why? Well, because most of us can only respond to what we perceive based on our own frame…

United Nations SDG’s

After writing 6 blogs on internationalisation in higher education, there is still a major topic that gets, and deserves a lot of attention nowadays: the United Nations Sustainable development goals. There are Facebook pages dedicated to them, like this one and this one. Of course the United Nations have a dedicated page. The sustainable development goals,…