Building a Sense of Loyalty to Your Host Country

In his book “Leadership Dubai Style”, Dr. Tommy Weir asks an important question: “I’ve never understood why it’s so easy for “outsiders” to swoop in and complain about the way things are done her [in Dubai], beginning their sentences with “Here in Dubai…”, inevitably followed by a put-down. He argues (rightfully so) that Dubai had tremendous success for quite a…

5 Steps to Creating a Hybrid Identity

In Iran, it is very common that people who work in shops or in the taxi will say to you something that literally means: “this service is for you”. Essentially, the literal translation of this is that their service is for free. Many foreigners who experience this firstly take their offer seriously, become positively surprised, and say: “Oh, thank you…

Are we the same, or are we different?

There are two different beliefs which make a big difference in terms of how we approach people from different cultures. Firstly, there is the belief that all people are fundamentally the same, and that there are only small differences between them like language, food, etc. Secondly, there is the belief that people from different cultures have very different beliefs, values…

5 Beliefs to Adapt That Support Cultural Hybridity

Today I would like to discuss 5 beliefs to adapt that can support you in becoming a cultural hybrid. So, just to be clear on this, a cultural hybrid is an individual who is able to synthesize the beliefs of his or her culture of origin, with the beliefs of his or her host culture. 1. All beliefs are just…

The Relationship Between Culture and Productivity

I would like to start this article by describing how I personally maintain my own levels of productivity. This has two reasons: firstly, it could potentially give you some inspiration on how to be more productive yourself. And secondly, I am going to talk about why this way of maintaining productivity isn’t going to work for all cultures around the…

Overcoming the Expatriate Stress of Mental Overload

As long as everything goes as planned, our intuitive mind does most of the work. It recognizes patterns we have encountered in the past and lets us adjust our behaviour accordingly. All without us having to put in much conscious effort. Living overseas, however, means that we are constantly confronted with behaviour that simply doesn’t fit into the patterns we…