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Relationship Building is Key to Working Across Cultures

“Just like Americans would not want to be judged by the last movie that came out of the U.S., Indians do not want to be judged by Slumdog Millionaire”, stated Mr. Ed Fuller, President & Managing Director Marriott International at the June 26th India Trade Conference in California. Believing that India has tremendous potential, Marriot […]

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Have We Become Too Politically Correct?

Have we become too politically correct? This is a question I am constantly asked. Many people say that they are tired of how “sensitive” people have become and that they are only “kidding”. And that people have “lost their sense of humor”. My mother used to say, “If it hurts someone, it is not funny”. […]

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“Your English is so good” and other things to not say!

I get complimented on my English on a regular basis. Why is that an issue? And why is that not a compliment? Because I grew up in Southern California. So, why do people continue to “compliment” me on my ability to speak English? I think it is because I wear a “racial uniform”. I look […]

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Who are You? Relationship vs. Task Oriented Cultures

It is very common when you are interacting with Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latin cultures for people to ask questions before you conduct business. A typical first meeting will often include questions about your background and sometimes, very little business discussion. They want to know about: your marital status; your education; whether you have children; […]

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Michelle Obama: A Role Model for the Women of the World?

CNN had an interesting story this morning on the impact of our first lady, Michelle Obama on women around the world. Briefly it stated that simply by being who she is, she is inspiring women around the world who are seeing a dark-skinned woman and the mother of daughters being treated as an equal by […]

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