Cultural intelligence

 
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Culture, truth or trivia?
A moment of reflection   Our values and norms are a manifestation of the things we do and have done. They are not directly linked to the truth, but more to being human!  All across the world you will see how the traditions of different...
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DUBAI: Logical structure to an Arab woman’s name
There is a logical structure to an Arab woman’s name. Take the name of H.E. Minister (a) Lubna (b) bint Khalid (c) Al Qasimi. Her first name (Ism  اسم) (a) Lubna is followed by bint, meaning daughter of and (b) the Nasab نسب‎...
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TURKEY: Reading Local Gestures
Greetings: Men often greet each other by kissing on both cheeks, as do woman. Shaking hands is also common although among nationals it may indicate a certain social distance. Some observant Muslims avoid any physical contact with the opposite sex....
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Ireland - participation expected!
Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic to the west of Great Britain, separated by the Irish Sea. Ireland encompasses the Republic of Ireland, which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, which...
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Professional culture of Singapore
Singapore Changi Airport has been voted the World's Best Airport at the 2013 World Airport Awards held at Passenger Terminal EXPO in Geneva. This is the fourth time Changi airport has achieved the top prize - last claiming victory back in...
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JAPAN is different!
Japan is still the home of some of the world’s largest corporations and boasts a whole range of globally recognised and respected brands – from Toyota to Nintendo – and has business links in every corner of the world.  Can...
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Belarus – concede and proceed
The parliament of the republic declared the sovereignty of Belarus on 27 July 1990, and during the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Belarus declared independence on 25 August 1991. More than 80% of the population is ethnic Belarusian and the...
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France – Be Prepared and Patient
France, it seems is being “strangled by regulation” according to those trying to exist in owner managed businesses. New regulations come in every week. In the past two decades, the number of legal do's and don'ts has become so...
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Your hands speak loud!
Gestures! Get them right! Cupping ones fingertips on one hand, almost like mimicking the shape of a flower bud and held towards another person, means something completely different in different cultures. In Italy it means ‘What is...
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Do’s and don’ts in New York City
Expect New Yorkers to be friendly but in a hurry. They will absolutely help you with directions or whatever you need, but get to the point. They are not big on pleasantries or idle chitchat. Just ask, "How do I get to 8th Avenue from...