the Netherlands Business Council in Dubai is offering you a free-of-charge workshop “Mind Your Step, you’re wearing wooden shoes’ by established cross-cultural specialist Esther Janssen

By: Together Abroad 25-08-2014 8:52 AM
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Workshop Mind Your Step, you’re wearing wooden shoes! 7 September Dubai 

On Sunday September 7, the Netherlands Business Council in Dubai is offering you a free-of-charge workshop “Mind Your Step, you’re wearing wooden shoes’ by established cross-cultural specialist Esther Janssen. You will receive useful insights and practical tips and tricks on how to turn cultural differences between Arabs, Asians and yourself into more successful business operations.

Business across cultures
Today’s international business landscape changes the way organizations operate and people communicate. It is increasingly common to work with colleagues, clients or suppliers in or from more countries. While colleagues or suppliers from different countries may work for the same organization, in the same industry or possess similar professional knowledge and skills, their ways of working, interacting with each other and doing business, may be vastly different.

People from various cultural backgrounds differ in their mindsets, drivers, values and beliefs, and as a result employ diverse management and communicating styles and working methods. Therefore, Dutch, Indian, American and Arab team members do not go hand-in hand just like that. This can be seen as a source of frustration but also as a source of innovation. Diverse teams have proven to be more successful, if managed properly.

Steps for Success
In this dedicated workshop we dive into our deeper cultural layers and gain understanding of our own cultural driver’s and those of others. We will see how our cultural blinders impact the way we interpret the world and how we are being interpreted ourselves. We explore cultural similarities and differences between Arabs, Asians and the Dutch and define opportunities and pitfalls for successful collaboration.We share experiences and practical tips on how to work and communicate effectively with colleagues and relevant business partners from around the world and specifically, the Gulf.

Register for this event.

Source Cross-cultural specialist Esther Janssen Culture-Inc


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