Tagged as: cultural intelligence

Taking your values overseas

 

Your home market is mature and saturated. Too many competitors, not enough bandwidth to diversify, a solid customer base but growth rates are not exactly keeping the exchanges buzzing. You decide to branch out overseas. Everyone else is in the BRICs, the Gulf, APAC, Africa, why shouldn’t you be? But your business m

Making your case overseas

 

Collating feedback after an international conference in Jakarta, it amazes me as always the continuing polarity in presentation styles and how these impact across the cultural spectrum. From speakers singing and dancing among the participants to others standing rigidly behind rostrums, we had it all. Indeed, it becam

Cultural Intelligence in Malaysia – The Future?

 

I’ve been a matsaleh (a white foreigner) in Malaysia for all of two months now. Way too early to pretend to be an expert on the matter, but I can’t help but be staggered at what I have observed so far in terms of cultural awareness here.

Malaysia is a mix of Malays (50

Personality Profiling – Creating Stereotypes?

 

Did you know that our concept of the word stereotype only really dates from 1922? The American writer Walter Lippmann – no slouch on the word front as he would later coin ‘cold war’ – borrowed the term from the world of printing, where it is a metal cast used to make repeated, identical images of a charac

Cultural Intelligence 101

 

In the beginning…

Everywhere we turn, the talk is of globalisation, glocalisation, internationalisation…And yet we are bombarded with statistics of how many global work assignments (GWAs) fail, how many mergers fall through, how many virtual teams do not achieve their objectives. Trying to make sense and