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Values in Culture  What is it that defines success in international business nowadays? Culture! This is not only about team culture but the alignment of communication between people coming from different cultures. Culture is at the heart of failure and success. Businesses fail because they send...

How to build rapport online How can you build rapport in this new digital world through online platforms? That is the key question I would like to answer. What is rapport, and why is rapport key? Rapport is one of the key basic principles to getting things done...

The fish did not discover the ocean Someone once said that someone discovered the ocean, but surely it wasn’t the fish. And this is typically a phrase that refers to culture—culture being the collective programming of the mind, as Professor Hofstede once said.  Professor Hofstede carried out...

Focusing on the wrong things I was in my car this week driving around being in trance, but aware enough to drive safely. The period of change behind me and the upcoming period of change had an effect on my state of mind and I would say that...

What's the best mindset for times like these? Ligia Koijen Ramos shares her views on mindsets during the corona crisis.  "It's times like these you learn to live againIt's times like these you give and give againIt's times like these you learn to love againIt's times...

Management teams and organisations are coping with a lot of problems. Some examples are lack of profitability, underperformance of teams or individuals, people being stressed, not focused, not in the right role or demotivated. Other problems include misalignment of the strategy with the market, trends...

Dutch People are not direct, my Portuguese wife said. Well, as a Dutchman, I found that a pretty direct statement. And, as I know her, this did not come as a surprise to me. I was interested in her thoughts, of course. She said that...

“Remote Leadership” Everyone that has been managed or led from a distance might recognise this: either you are happy because nobody is looking over your shoulders, or you are unhappy because you have no one to directly appreciate what you are doing. As a manager or...