THE CHALLENGE

Cultural Intelligence is an absolute ‘must’ for any organization wanting to be successful in the international arena today. Being culturally intelligent means having the ability to work and relate effectively with colleagues, clients and suppliers from all over the world.

We are not born with Cultural Intelligence but we can learn it.

Collaborating with people from other cultures comes with many challenges and opportunities. Another person’s ‘normal’ is often different to our own ‘normal’. This can create discomfort for us. We catch ourselves saying ‘the Germans are too direct’, ‘the English are ambiguous’, ‘the Chinese are elusive’.

However, our ability to be cross-culturally proficient can actually endear us to people unaccustomed to being understood by “others.”

If we don’t learn to understand and appreciate our different approaches to other cultural behaviors and business practices, this diversity will have a detrimental effect on our relationships and will negatively impact business results. Developing Cultural Intelligence within and outside of our organizations is essential today to leverage the very best of our diversity.

On our Managing Across Cultures program we provide you with the skills to:

The 5 Chairs program is for people with the intelligence and humility to believe that in life one can always improve, can try to understand before judging and can listen to other people’s convictions no matter how diverse. In an evermore multicultural globalized world where managing diversity is key to success, Louise’s indications should be a moral obligation’

FRANCO MOSCETTI

President OVS - Italy

THE BOTTOM LINE

When people from diverse and conflicting cultures meet and work together the chances of misunderstandings, misinterpretations and mistrust arising between them is high. If this is not addressed it will have a direct impact on the bottomline performance of any organization and significantly reduce its probability of success in the international market.

The aim of our Managing Across Cultures program therefore, is to help people understand and respect both their own culture and the culture of others, in order to create healthy cross-cultural collaboration for successful business interactions.

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The 5 Chairs welcomes anyone whose ambitions are to know themselves better, live to their full potential and generate happiness and success for themselves and others. We work with all generations, all professions and all cultures. We also support leaders who are responsible for the individual and collective behaviors of those they lead.

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