The Wrong Mood Kills Curiosity. Learn to Control Yourself Now!

When we as foreigners come to a new country, there are many things that can go wrong. Even worse, there are many ways in which we can end up in a circle of self-defeating thoughts. We end up directing negative emotions towards the locals, or sometimes ourselves. It is totally fine if this happens now and then, but there is a…

7 Steps You can Take to Become More Self-Aware!

We’ve probably all heard it before: the first step towards understanding a different culture is to understand your own culture and, most importantly, yourself. So, let’s look at these 9 tips on how to become more self-aware! 1. Look at the “Johari Window” and answer these questions for yourself: What are aspects about me that I know about myself, but that I don’t…

We Love What’s Familiar: Why This Sucks and What to do About it

We have all noticed it before: Chinese people hang out with other Chinese people, Germans with Germans, Indonesians with Indonesians. Consciously many of us don’t want it to happen. But it does anyways. And I am guilty of it, too. Even though I actively tried to avoid making friends with the Germans, the first good friend I got when I…

How to use the GROW Model to Deal With Cross-Cultural Conflicts

Not  everybody has the money to pay a professional coach. And while I think it is a very worthy investment, I thought I’d share with you a little bit of what a coach would do if you were to work with him or her. What you need to know is that coaches do not provide you with solutions, they support you…

Tell me: how do you decide what’s right and what’s wrong?

How do you decide what’s right and what’s wrong? Got any idea? Do you sit down and make a list of pro and con? Do you throw a dice? Or do you wait for god to give you a call and tell you what to do? Well, all these approaches are totally legitimate. But often they don’t really make you…