Across any culture & in any workplace
The Business Professional
With customers that come from a multitude of backgrounds & current situations, you need to be able to jump into conversations quickly, relating to your customers in an authentic way that will help to grow both your client’s trust, and solve their needs in an effective and lasting way.
The Overseas Worker
Maybe you’re often sent on business trips to new countries, or perhaps you primarily work overseas; culture shock can easily effect how productive that time is spent, and having the right foundation to make it through those new experiences stress-free can set you on the next level of customer relations.
The Short-term Traveler
Whether you travel often or this is your first time, you’re going by yourself or you’re traveling with a group, start off on the right foot with a strong foundation to easily relate with others in any culture in respectful and meaningful ways, making the most impact wherever you go, with little-to-no stress.
You may often find yourself in difficult situations because of certain cultural differences, like ways of living or doing business you aren’t used to. Having a strong basis with which to understand and relate to your new culture and it’s customs can be the difference between struggle and success.
You come from many different places. Your job, your country, your family, and your friends all make up those background places. But what happens when life changes? Change is never meant to be bad, but without the proper foundation to take on your new situation it can sometimes feel insurmountable. We are here to help smooth out those new life transitions you are in by giving you the foundational tools you need to not only survive, but to thrive.
Mark W McIntire
Neuroscientist Uri Hasson researches the foundations of human communication. In a February 2016 Ted Talk–he explained the importance of common ground to effective communication. His research shows the ways in which our brains “couple” when understanding is achieved between a speaker and a listener. In my work as a speaker and consultant with organizations and Read more about Planting in Shared Soil[…]
Visiting another culture or returning home to a culture you thought you knew provides challenges. A woman who worked in Tokyo for five years will re-enter America a different person and find the land of her birth strange, less comfortable. Businesses spend a lot of resources sending executives on foreign assignments only to find that Read more about Showing Up to the Dance[…]
This past week, I had the pleasure of reading Ali Smith’s How to Be Both and the challenge of reading Jon Krakauer’s Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. In the first, creativity and the joy of uniqueness enjoy the stage under the poetic prose of Ali Smith. The author tempts and Read more about On Two Books[…]
My bed and breakfast sat on the hillside a short walk from La Colina train station situated above Torremolinos near Malaga, Spain. Before the sun grew in strength over the dusty, rocky slope, I would strike out on a constitutional to think, to meditate, and to take in this luscious view of southern Spain. The Read more about A View from La Colina[…]
“Do I need travel insurance?” “Actually, you need travel protection.” Travel protection offers you compensation for injuries, illness, and death which result in travel delays or cancellation. Protection plans can cover you for pre-existing conditions and for non-medical issues. One of my clients suffers from a medical condition which can flare up without notice. With Read more about A Travel Necessity[…]
Among the myriad of sensations awaiting you in the garden or while on vacation, perhaps the renewed experience of color and hue most effectively breaches our walls of the mundane. The western shoreline of the big island of Hawai’i and the eastern rainforest express an astonishing array of pageantry shared from across the color spectrum. Read more about Colors of Travel[…]
The blank page once frightened me. You know, the one in your essay test book that you stared at after reading the prompt or the page on your computer screen waiting for your genius to appear before starting the blog. Even the little box on Twitter or Facebook that awaits your witty remark or encouraging Read more about On loving the blank page[…]
My son and I viewed the 3D version of the final Hobbit installment “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” The film offers a spectacle of special effects and amazing artistic skill. The acting has remained consistently good throughout the Hobbit series. However, as others have stated before me, it’s really not about the Read more about Not Really the Hobbit[…]
Landing at George W. Bush airport last week marked my second visit to Houston. The first occurred in 1976 with my parents. On that trip, we did not leave the airport–it was not Bush airport back then. In any event, I made the trek out of the airport this time accompanied by two wonderful friends Read more about Thanksgiving Alchemy[…]
The line of firs across the road droop with early morning frost. The neighbor’s rust and gold adorned Japanese maple glows in the dawn light. Yesterday’s dark, stormy demeanor recedes giving way to partial sun and chilly temperatures. At times, the weather conspires with my emotions. On sunny spring days, I’m glad for this. Autumn Read more about Partly Sunny[…]