expatriate family

Culture shock in the expatriate family

23/06/2017

It may be when going away to study at university, moving to another city, switching from a small to a much larger organisation or heading off on an expatriate assignment on the other side of the world but most of us will experience some form of culture shock at some point in our lives. We may not recognise what we experience as culture shock; it may pass quickly but in some cases it can be profoundly challenging with an impact on our families, our performance at work and our general well-being.

Networking as a cross-cultural skill

Networking as a cross-cultural skill

25/05/2017

Are you a natural networker who enjoys the opportunity to meet new and different people or do you prefer to stand on one side chatting with people you already know? Does your heart sink when you walk into a room full of strangers or do you view the room as an exciting challenge full of potential business partners and interesting contacts?

“It ain’t what you say, it’s the way that you say it”

“It ain’t what you say, it’s the way that you say it”

26/04/2017

A warm welcome to Ben Swan, April’s guest blogger and a cross-cultural communication skills trainer with the LondonSchool Group. Ben is going to talk about the need to go beyond words to be a successful international communicator.

French culture quiz: How much do you know?

French culture quiz: How much do you know?

20/04/2017

On Sunday 23 April, the first round of what has been described as the most unpredictable French presidential election in decades will take place. 11 candidates will compete and unless one of them wins over 50% of the vote, the two with the highest number of votes will go through to a second round.

Same but different - The ABC of business culture in Australia

Same but different - The ABC of business culture in Australia

31/03/2017

We are very pleased to welcome this month's guest blogger, Fiona Koetsier, who is going to talk about her home culture of Australia and how it compares with the British way of doing things.

Active listening as an essential intercultural skill

Active listening as an essential intercultural skill

22/03/2017

Does this situation sound familiar? You are sitting on your weekly team conference call trying to explain an issue with a supplier that may have an impact on your project deadline. You can hear one of your colleagues typing, you can see your colleague across the office tipped back in their chair and you are fairly sure their mind is elsewhere. Your team manager seems to be sure of the solution before you have finished explaining the problem and has interrupted you several times already. Nobody is really listening to you and so it is not entirely surprising that later that afternoon you receive a couple of emails asking you about the situation with the supplier and your manager calls to ask if you have any doubts about reaching the deadline.

Barcelona: More than a Spanish city

Barcelona: More than a Spanish city

27/02/2017

A warm welcome to Marie Kluj who is February’s guest blogger and an intern at LSIC. Marie is from France but completed her previous internship in Barcelona. She is going to share her thoughts and experience on living and working in Catalonia.

Business Writing

The power of slow business writing

09/02/2017

How many times have you written a professional email in a hurry, hit the send button and then realised that you forgot an important point or didn’t remember to check for typos. Or worse, have you copied and pasted a previous email to a different recipient and forgotten to change the salutation? Or have you rushed to push out new content for the sake of publishing but to the detriment of your credibility or professionalism? Or apologised for having produced an important document in a hurry with underlying message that it isn't as good as it should be?

Cross cultural team

Why cultural sensitivity matters more than ever in 2017

13/01/2017

We are very pleased to welcome renowned interculturalist and leadership trainer Matthew Hill as our first guest blogger for 2017. To start the year, Matthew is going to discuss why developing cultural sensitivity is even more important than ever in 2017 and suggest how we all can develop our intercultural skills.

Intercultural coaching

Push or pull? Can ‘cultural sensitivity’ actually put you at a disadvantage?

09/12/2016

We are delighted to welcome Nigel Ewington from WorldWork, as our final guest blogger of 2017. Nigel is going to share his insights into the need for ‘push’ and ‘pull’ skills when working internationally.

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