Why Self-reflection Is Important in Intercultural Encounters

Before you go on reading, please take out a paper and a pen and sit down for 5 minutes to write down all the thoughts that come through your head when you saw the picture in the top of this article. Without doing this, you will get much less from this article, so I highly recommend you playing along. Next, I want you to…

Skills you need to become an Intercultural Trainer

The intercultural profession is a very young profession compared to the traditional one’s like accounting, human resources, marketing etc. This is important to keep in mind, because young professions often are unregulated, and do not have a clear professional standard. Sure, there are attempts to create standards, for example through the development of the Code of Conduct by the Society…

The Importance of Clarifying Team Roles From the Beginning

Today I attended a training by AFS Intercultural Programs which had the purpose of creating an understanding of intercultural concepts and how reflect on how these concepts reflect their own intercultural encounters. It was a good, and very interactive session, in which everybody shared their own experiences with different cultures. During our discussion, I found one thing particularly interesting. Many Australian families hosting…

What To Learn From The Japanese Decision-Making Process

I will say this upfront: this article is not written in a way to explain the way the japanese decision-making process works. In fact, I wouldn’t be able to do so, since I have never directly experienced it. And in my readings about it, I realized that it is so far off the Western understanding, that unless you directly take…

6 Important Qualities for Expatriates in Asia

Expatriate failure rates in China rate somewhere between 30% and 70% according to the International Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations. The cost for an organization of these failures can range from 250.000 to 1.000.000$ per expatriate. Looking at these immense costs, it should become clear that the selection and training of expatriates sent to China, and Asia as…