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Cross-Cultural Leadership: The One Secret Success Ingredient

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Do business leaders and HR departments pay sufficient attention to equipping people preparing for international assignments, as well as managers leading cross-cultural teams, with sound cross-cultural leadership skills? Research conducted at Dutch Neyenrode Business University suggests they don’t. And that’s…

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Why Great Leaders Read Books

Business leaders do not often take the time to read (e)books. Are they making a mistake? Why do great leaders read books? “Each employee is required to read one recommended book per year.” Here is what Chinese business tycoon Wang…

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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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How Successful Cross-Cultural Leaders Work

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How to Boost Your Cross-Cultural Leadership Skills.
Learning to understand and getting comfortable with the deeper level of a culture that is not your own requires a certain mindset. A mindset that can significantly improve your effectiveness in cross-cultural settings.

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3 Good Reasons For Boosting Your Cross-Cultural Leadership

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Why is cross-cultural leadership getting so much attention? Why is it important for today’s leaders to develop their cross-cultural effectiveness? Let me tell you a story.  It starts on a hot summer day in 2001 when the managing director of…

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Leadership: What is The Essence of Building Trust

Being able to build trust is regarded as a crucial element of successful leadership. Especially in today’s globalized business world with its high rate of change and its cross-cultural challenges. But what is the essence of building trust? What does…

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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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Sustainable Change: Know How to Handle Complexity Across Cultures

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Business leaders of today face a high level of complexity. Globalization, technological evolutions, market shifts, an increased pace of change. These have changed the business landscape. Business environments are more cross-cultural now than ever before. Cultural differences are changing working…

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Creating Team Alignment: Team Development Initiatives Should Fit Today’s Business Reality

Team Alignment Brochure

One of the things our work with multinational companies has taught us is the growing importance of cross-team collaboration. For 21st century businesses it has become a vital prerequisite for building success. And this has an impact on the team…

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