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Our training and consulting philosophy

We believe that professional intercultural training can facilitate your personal development and help you acquire valuable interactional skills – for collaborating effectively with colleagues and business partners from other cultures as well as from one's own.

Developing intercultural skills affects basic aspects of your personality and your way to approach collaboration with others. It modifies and enlarges your competencies for evaluating others and for acting effectively. To achieve that, we have developed a philosophy with five basic principles:

Learn from experience

It is through analysing and reflecting upon one's own experiences that you can most effectively acquire the contents from intercultural training interventions – and actually transfer them to your own daily practice.

Develop competence, not knowledge

Listing do's and don'ts is of limited value for effectively interacting with people from other cultures. Each business partner or colleague has an individual, particular personality. In order to act in an interculturally effective way you have to learn the varieties of cultural difference – and, accordingly, build your own behavioural repertoire.

Communicate effectively

After all, management is communication. Therefore, dealing professionally with the intercultural challenges of communication is essential for skilled intercultural management.

Take the culture-general approach

The actual intercultural management competence is not limited to one specific culture. It is through learning a certain number of basic concepts, tools and behavioural strategies that you get ready to effectively interact with partners from different cultural backgrounds.

Use your individual potential

Today, many companies and managers dispose of comprehensive work experiences with other cultures. In ur training and consulting interventions we use those experiences systematically in order to identify conflict potentials and develop targeted interaction strategies.