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manager who knows only his or her own country is doomed to become obsolete. Most organizations can no longer afford to employ culturally myopic managers."
Philip R. Harris & Robert
the global marketplace, knowledge and skills not only mean power, it can
also mean survival. Understanding the need for cultural
savvy is just the ante to get into
the game of global business. How well you play depends upon your
level of cultural competence and intelligence..
is estimated that more than half of all international joint ventures
fail within two or three years. The reason most often given is cultural myopia
and lack of cultural competency - not the lack of technical
or professional expertise.
Developing global cultural competency is one of the most challenging
aspects of working globally. Managing the myriad work and management
styles that companies face across geographies, businesses, functions and
projects can be daunting. What is effective in one culture may be
ineffective, or even inappropriate, in other cultures.
Cultural Savvy recognizes that for cross-cultural training, coaching and
consulting to be effective as an enhancement to an organization it must
deal with several complexities in the learning process. Employees must
be able to apply new learning in the performance of their assignments,
and be able to observe and make the appropriate behavioral adjustments
when cross cultural issues become important to their productivity or the
effectiveness of the organization as a whole.
Customizing the learning experience is the most effective way to address
specific issues and objectives and maximize the impact cultural
competency can have on the company’s bottom line.
In today’s global
marketplace, being culturally savvy is no longer just “nice to have”
but mission critical for building and maintaining a competitive global
advantage. The “one size fits all, off the shelf initiatives is not an
to discuss how our consulting, coaching and training services can help your company become
culturally savvy. It is a smart investment that will pay
is one of the most exciting markets in the world. It is also one
of the most challenging. The Chinese are smart, tough
negotiators. Understanding how to do business effectively with the
Chinese is essential in today's competitive market place.
This sub-region of countries comprises approximately 550 million people and a GDP of more than one billion dollars. It is a region of established and economies, Singapore and Malaysia, plus several emerging economies including Thailand, Vietnam,
The challenges of doing business in this region are enormous, but at the same time so are the opportunities.
India is the
second fastest growing economy in the world and continues to prosper.
India is also a
very confusing and complicated place. Failure to prepare
employees can be very costly.
East & North Africa (MENA)
The news from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) reminds us every day that it is very different in that part of the world…from politics and religion to how relationships are formed and business is done.
is increasingly attracting multinational organizations. Despite what you hear or
read, be prepared for exceptions to all the paradigms and images you have of the region.
One of the key challenges facing both U.S. and Japanese companies working in today’s global environment is to understand and effectively managing cultural differences. There is no doubt that culture can have a significant impact on business behavior and management styles. Significant cultural differences
need to be understood in order to leverage business relationships.
South Korea's economy is a highly developed and is the fourth largest in Asia and 15th largest in the world.
In less than fifty years, South Korea went from a
devastated country after the Korean War to one of the wealthiest and successful economies in the world.
Today, the Israeli business arena is cutting edge and involves the world’s major players.
Israel is a culturally complex country. Do not assume that you will not encounter cultural minefields when working with Israelis.