Multi-Cultural --> Multi-Lingual

Working with the English language - work on your English!

The English language dominates the international business scene. 

And in order to survive in today's global work environment, international business AND the skills to communicate your thoughts, ideas, leadership and projects, are essential to your success.

So what to do? Work on your English!

Global processes, integrated projects with involvement from all areas of the company on a parent and subsidiary level. ALL communication involves not only employees from many different countries but from many different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds with different values, attitudes and behavior

Yes, it's key to be in control of the language but it is equally important to work on your CQ.

CQ stands for Cultural Intelligence and if you want to know more about how you, and your organization, can improve your CQ, please get in touch.

To summarize, the English language skills are key, as is your level of CQ awareness. It is also important to understand the "language" of the organization you are working for. The "internal terminology", a parallel language, is equally important to master.

For workshops, seminars and key note speeches IN ENGLISH about Team Building and Cross-Cultural Training click here.

 

28 years of Diversity - I live in a world where change is business as usual. Do you?

During the last 28 years I have lived in the diverse city of New York with its 9 million people from all over the world of which 1/3 were born outside of the US. 

A city where 170 different languages are spoken.

I now live in Malmö, Sweden, with its 325,000 people of which 1/3 were born outside Sweden representing 170 different countries.

The world we once knew and lived in has changed.

On March 9th I was invited to make a presentation to MINE.se (Ethnic Diversity in Business) about my experience of living and working with people from all over the world.

I learned that diversity drives success. To look at different as an asset. To "think outside the box" in a world where change is rapid, sudden and immediate. 

The Human Capital - you and me - is the most important asset in a corporation. 

It's important for the success and profitability of a corporation that we focus on the people - not necessarily the customer. When we become aware of our own valuesattitudes and behavior we also are able to better understand others. We will work better together as a team, become more efficient, happier and secure, extending into higher customer satisfaction, additional business and  higher profitability.

"Diversity drives success" is and should be our starting point.

Because....not only I,

...live in a world where change is business as usual.

We ALL do.

Diversity feeds success...or does it?

For 28 years I lived the "American Dream", first as an expatriate "foreigner",  later as a local hire and citizen, finding opportunities and freedom where opportunities combined with hard work paid off, proving the slogan "if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere" to be true.

In today's polarized rhetoric Presidential election campaign we are witnessing how diversity is used almost as a weapon in the politic war and in order to gain the trust of the voters who are to decide the road to travel on in the "Land of Opportunity".

On one end we have Donald Trump's crusade against groups such as religious groups different from the mainstream, immigrants and others who, and I quote, "are not like us...us Americans..." On the other end of the spectrum we have Bernie Sanders crusade against Wall Street and the 2% top earners of the USA who, in his mind, could if taxed heavier, help finance the health care, education and social welfare system for the other 98% who he calls upon to "rise" and endorse the "togetherness" and diversity of the US for the better of the many, rather than the few.

Diversity is in focus...just on very different levels and with very different opinions about how important diversity is...or isn't for the future of the "Land of Opportunity". Some even suggests that it is turning into a "Land of Limitations".

Does diversity feed success on a macro and micro level of our society or does it hinder progress and prosperity?

Diversity

Diversity...embrace it, rather than just accepting it.

It's not easy to see beyond your own frame of mind and thoughts of what a "norm" is, but when you stop for a second and reflect... what is a norm more than a subjective valuation of a world around us, looked at through our own glasses?

Instead, make a sincere attempt to see the world through the lenses of the person standing in front of you. He or she may be struggling to fit in.

Diversity is beautiful and adds value and perspective when we choose to look at diversity as a resource.

Work on your own perceptions all the time. I do and the older you get the harder you have to work on it. With age you show less tolerance for things that are different from the "norm" you have established. So never grow old in your mind!

Stay young at heart and embrace the diversity around you.

You will find beauty in it and the world will be a better place for it.