Building Cultural Intelligence with Trisha Carter

Wednesday
Oct082014

Speak out against racism

Lately the public discussion around differences in race and religion has grown ugly.  Ignorance, prejudice and hatred seem ready to bubble over easily.  People who might once have just thought in negative race related generalisations appear to be more comfortable speaking out and sharing those prejudices and biases.

“Don’t read the comments” my daughter says, “They’re just trolls”

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Friday
Sep192014

The First 90 Days - Expat Style

Michael Watkins wrote the book on adapting to a new role, “The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter.  In the Amazon advertising page he points out, “While transitions offer a chance to start fresh and make needed changes in an organization, they also place leaders in a position of acute vulnerability. Missteps made during the crucial first three months in a new role can jeopardize or even derail your success.”

If this is true for people transitioning into leadership roles at home, how much more vulnerable are those transitioning into expat roles where not just the role or the organization is different but also the background culture, underlying systems and unwritten rules of relationships? 

In any leadership role the new leader needs to prepare him / herself.  As Watkins says, adopt a learning approach, devise the most appropriate strategy, aim for early wins, build critical relationships with the new boss, new team and the new cohort and keep his / her balance while achieving results.  

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Wednesday
Sep172014

What did you just say?

Have you ever had a moment when you’ve said something you regretted?  The moment the words were out of your mouth you wished you could take them back?

I think we run an increased risk of experiencing those moments when we are living and working with another culture. 

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Monday
Aug182014

New Country, New School?

At this time of year many in the northern hemisphere are looking at beginning a new school year.  For those who have relocated globally the challenges of a new school are often compounded by a new location, a new culture and possibly a new language. 

We all know the impact that family issues can have on a successful global transition and that’s why my co-author Rachel and I decided this webinar should be available, without cost, to anyone who is interested.  We are very excited to have our guest expert: Julia Simens. a widely respected author, international speaker and educator, who will be sharing both her personal and professional perspective on...

New Country, New School?

You’ve moved!  A new job, new home, new city, new country – but the greatest challenge is often found in school.  Changing schools can be tough for children in any location.  But add culture, language, different teaching styles, a new curriculum, unfamiliar rules, and no friends to the mix?  This could be tricky!

What can you do to help your child adapt well to their new school?  For more information and to register click here.

Monday
Aug112014

“This place gives you a better perspective on life”

Last week I was in Vanuatu.  It’s an island archipelago in the South Pacific with over 80 islands stretching over 12,000 square kilometers and a population around 224,500.  A beautiful place.  Sandy and coral beaches, blue waters teeming with fish of every colour, vivid flowers, fruit laden coconut trees and banana bushes; all were a feast for the eyes and some for the stomach!

So it didn’t come as a surprise when an expat I spoke with described one of the benefits of working in Vanuatu as “ better perspective on life.”  However he wasn’t referring to appreciating the beauty of nature but lessons learnt from the local people.

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