4 Strategies To Overcome Your Own Cultural Conditioning

Your cultural conditioning is something that has been ingrained into your psyche over the years from the time you were born. The environment you grew up in influenced to a strong degree how you think, communicate and behave. By passing on their wisdom to you, the people in your surroundings have made you a functioning member of society. Without this…

Why our need for instant gratification destroys expatriate adaptability

Indulging in all the pleasures life has to offer right now is a natural tendency for all of us. Naturally, we seek to experience positive feelings, and getting what we want right now is giving us exactly what our brain is craving. Typical examples of the consequences of instant gratification are corporations that want to achieve short-term financial returns but…

Not all people can adapt, but you can!

Recently I talked to a friend of mine who manages teams of engineers. We came to have a chat about foreign engineers and their challenges in terms of working in a team in the Australian context. One of these challenges, he said, is that they are sometimes not able to adapt to the local work environment. He used the example…

Cultural Adaption and It’s Setbacks: When Expats Fall on Their Asses

“How much is the parrot” a woman asked. “Wow, ma’m,” uttered the owner, “this is a very expensive parrot, because he speaks both Spanish and English.” “Oh really? Can you get him to speak in both languages?” “Sure you can. Look, it’s quite simple: If you pull the left leg he speaks English.” And he pulled the parrot’s let leg.…