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Cross-Cultural Leadership: Why Learning Chinese Business Etiquette is Not Enough

Chinese New Year cake with symbol of The Year of The Horse

Do you want to be successful in doing business with the Chinese? Do you want to build lasting relationships? Then understand why learning Chinese business etiquette will be important, but not enough. Your company is looking for a Chinese business…

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: Jacques Rogge on Negotiating with the Chinese

Cross Cultural Leadership, Olympic Games

Jacques Rogge, Honorary President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), speaks with a surprisingly soft voice.  I had the chance to meet him last week, when he – invited by The Antwerp Forum – shared his insights on ‘How to…

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Avoid Making People Lose Face

Losing Face, Smiley

Business leaders of multinational organizations are often confronted with cross-cultural differences. These differences can cause misunderstandings and awkward situations between people. Especially when people feel they are losing Face. Face – an Eastern concept most likened to the Western concept…

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Leading Change: Why Do Many Leaders Struggle to Create a Vision

Vision, glasses

In today’s business reality the level of complexity and the increased rate of change cause challenges for many leaders. Motivating people to change direction, building new strategies, transforming business models, and adopting new ways of collaboration. Quite a job! Especially…

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Leiding geven aan interculturele teams: Begrijp je de cultuurverschillen binnen jouw team?

This is a Dutch translation of a previously published Leadershipwatch article on how to deal with cross-cultural differences within your team. Click to read original article. Voor leidinggevenden is het vermogen om mensen op één lijn te krijgen, om mensen te…

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Create People Alignment (Part 1)

Green globe baloons

Today’s and tomorrow’s leaders are more and more facing cross-cultural challenges caused by globalization, emerging economies and new markets. How to notice differences in cultures? How to understand their impact on people behavior and performance? How to avoid cross-cultural friction…

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How Will China Influence The World?

City view on the Chinese city of Xian

Recently I had the pleasure to travel around in China for a few weeks. Visiting a fair deal of the country, north and south, the big cities and a part of the country side. I came back with a truck…

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Leading Cross-Cultural Teams: How to Create Openness? (Part 1)

When you observe successful teams in action you witness that an atmosphere of openness is always one of the success factors that drive the team’s behavior and performance. But as we all have probably experienced a few times in our lives,…

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