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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St Fagan’s National History Museum in Barry, Wales

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Hi, there!  My name is Javier and I’m an InTuition student here in Barry.  I have been writing a blog (https://barrypapera.tumblr.com) those three weeks to tell my friends and relatives in the Basque Country what I’m doing here. My days as an English student in Wales are coming to an end and I want to share with you some of the …

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Having a beer!

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Knowing my weakness for beer, my friends are asking about what kind we are drinking here in Barry.  I must say that I’ve landed on my feet here, since Beatrice likes beer too and we’re spending some time exploring the different varieties available 🙂  Taking moderation as our guide, of course 🙂  The most popular beer in Britain is the …

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First Time in Stratford, Oxford and Banbury

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Since my last blog, I have visited Stratford Upon Avon, Oxford and Broughton Castle in Banbury. In Stratford I saw round both Anne Hathaway’s cottage (picture) and William Shakespeare’s Birthplace. I gained insight into life in the 16th Century. It surprised me how self-sufficient people were for their food and herbal medicines. I enjoyed walking along the River Avon and seeing the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. …

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An Architectural Discovery in London – Stadthaus

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My name is Robin and I work for a company that builds wooden houses in France.  I am staying in London to learn English and I asked my teacher if we could visit an unusual residential building in London which is made entirely of wood.  It’s called Stadthaus and is in Murray Grove in Hackney, a mixed area of London.  …

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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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