What You Need to Know to Manage Cultural Differences in Virtual Global Meetings.

Cultures Cope Differently. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Keep Going. We are all trying to figure out, yet again, how to live our lives, run our businesses, and survive in another “new normal”, this time in a Covid-19 world. Having passed through the three initial stages of denial, anger…

Everybody working in the 21st century is instantly global: you are on a conference call with your global team, your next big market is somewhere overseas, you are sourcing new talent abroad. No matter who you are, or what you do, today you are crossing cultures to do it. …

Several years ago, I stood in the doorway of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and watched the snow fall silently in the entrance to that sacred site on a very dark and holy night. The mumbled prayers of many pilgrims rose behind me, along with the occasional…

In the Land of Bella Figura, really solving a problem is not as important as looking like you’re solving the problem.

I was supposed to have been gently awakened by the ringing of church-bells outside my hotel window on the Grand Canal last week. Instead, I was jolted out of…

IT WAS A DARK & STORMY NIGHT…

…When I Spent Halloween at a Haunted English Manor House.

The wind-swept Salisbury Plains are just a few miles west of London, but exploring these barren and chilly hills on a grey October day a number of years ago, I felt as if…

…And What You Can Do About it.

You Don’t Relocate Today to One Culture: You Relocate to Everywhere.

In today’s changed world, cross-cultural training just isn’t enough.

What we now need is something new, that goes beyond traditional cultural training for living and working in another culture, which gives us the skills to be culturally agile anywhere and everywhere, what I prefer to call global skills development training.

“J’AI DEUX AMOURS, MON PAYS ET PARIS”.

Je me souviens.

Many years ago, long before I could understand what Paris meant to the world, before the noisy and useless headlines would have their way, before I learned to pause before a newly blossomed rose, I was trapped in a sea of encircling cars on the Place de la Concorde.

“I…

Now, how am I supposed to get out?

What Happens When Cultures Value Rank Over the Rational.

Yup, that’s my jeep. And that’s my driveway (quick cultural query: why do US-Americans park in a driveway, but drive on a parkway? But that’s another story for another time. For now, back to the driveway and the jeep): and that’s also my pile of gravel. The gravel and the…

Dean Foster

World traveler (100+ countries), cross-cultural business expert, author, speaker, founder of DFA Intercultural Global Solutions, www.deanfosterglobal.com

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