LET’S HEAR IT FOR STEREOS!

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  Stereos? Stereotypes! Americans are loud, British are cold, Chinese are inscrutable. That kind of thing. When we meet a problem or setback in international meetings and negotiations we all tend to retreat into our views of national stereotypes. But what if those stereotypes were true?   There’s a saying in English. ‘There’s no smoke without a fire!’ Stereotypes had …

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HOW TO DEAL WITH GLOBAL BUSINESS DIFFERENCES

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  WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? International managers agree, international JV’s, M&A’s and supply chain management fail because of a failure to take global business differences into account.   WHY? The reason is that different business partners, clients and suppliers have different expectations of the business relationship, different communication styles and different approaches to management.   THE CONSEQUENCES? Problems with quality specification, …

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Are you too direct at work?

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I’ve recently consulted with a number of companies who have asked me to coach staff members who are considered too direct at work. These are often project managers or office staff who, under pressure, give direct orders, show anger and are seen to be dogmatic, dominant, uncooperative, and unsupportive. If you are too direct at work, here are twelve things …

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Diary with a Swiss Accountant

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This week our student is Daniel who is an Accountant from Switzerland (near Zurich) and we are doing 4 hours of lessons General / Professional. In fact, this is the start of our second week entertaining and teaching Daniel something about English language and culture. Yesterday (Saturday) he spent the whole day in London visiting London Zoo, Camden Market, London …

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Teaching tips for General Business

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This is my first blog ever, so here goes. Roberta, my current student joined us on Sunday. Roberta hails from Milan which is where my mother also lives. Our first evening was spent comparing the Italian and British weather! She arrived laden with Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino and the most wonderful salami for my husband. She had also brought me some …

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10 Things you need to know about business in the Middle East

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One thing you learn in cross-cultural training and facilitation is to be cautious about the statements you make about the Middle East. After all, you are dealing with business partners, colleagues and clients from over twelve different countries, all with different peoples, traditions and customs. You are also dealing with individuals from different regions in those countries, who, once again, …

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Benefits of One-to-One English Tuition

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Differences between one-to-one and classroom language learning. As an old saying says ‘All roads lead to Rome’, there are more ways to achieve your goals. The same goes for learning a foreign language. Two (completely different) ways of learning a foreign language are one-to-one courses and classroom courses. Of course, the aim of both teaching methods is the same: the …

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