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"According to smallbusiness.chron.com, “As the globalization of industries and marketplaces bring managers ever closer to unique cultures around the world, it is more important than ever for managers and small business owners to understand why business etiquette is important.”"
According to Sherwood Fleming, "In an increasingly interconnected world, intercultural communication skills are more important than ever. Many of us are finding ourselves conducting business with people from a variety of cultures. Such contexts require the creation of new communication practices that go beyond simply the mastery of whatever language we are using. I’ve identified […]
"When Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye (photo, left), he shook her hand with a pleasant smile and sincere eye contact. He did well with the smile; however, critics were ‘up in arms’ about his left hand in his pocket," writes Elizabeth Tuleja in an article for GlobalBizLeader.com.
"Intercultural communication is the communication exchange between people who are different culturally – it examines how the specific cultural differences affect the interactions of the people engaged. . . . The focus is on the individual as the unit of analysis." "Cross-cultural communication is not about the interaction of people from different cultures communicating, but […]
"How does one become competent across cultures? One develops intercultural communication competence by practicing mindfulness, which means reflecting on one’s knowledge of any given situation and then trying to figure out the meaning of the events and interactions." "As business people, we often think we can charge into a situation and fix it, but this isn’t […]
"Nearly 47 million Americans headed out of the country in 2012, be it merely over the border to Canada or Mexico or to destinations further afield, according to the US Commerce Department's Office of Travel and Tourism Industries. All of that international travel provides plenty of opportunity to deepen cross-cultural understanding, but it can also lead […]
". . . how to interpret a smile when doing business is vital because the difference between smiling or not may be the difference between doing successful business or not. For this reason alone it is crucial to learn about what a smile means in which situation and to which person in which culture," writes […]
Sherwood Fleming (photo, left) asks, "Have you been working in an intercultural context now for several years? Do you consider yourself a “senior” and believe that there is really not much more you can learn, with the result that you have stopped trying?" "The “seniors” I meet in my work may not be senior in […]
"Are you currently working within an intercultural business context, using English as a foreign language at an intermediate level or higher?" asks Sherwood Fleming (photo, left). "And are you struggling with intercultural communication challenges? By that I mean the difficulties in communicating that we all experience when working in English as a foreign language with […]
"A world traveler who speaks ten languages, British linguist Richard Lewis decided he was qualified to plot the world's cultures on a chart." "He did so while acknowledging the dangers of stereotypes." ""Determining national characteristics is treading a minefield of inaccurate assessment and surprising exception," Lewis wrote. "There is, however, such a thing as a […]« Previous Entries