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India: 10 Tips for Your Hands and Feet

Oct 31, 2017
Tips for India
India is permeated with spiritual rituals. Objects are often blessed or worshipped with a…

Video: The Secret to Building a High-Performing Virtual Team

Jul 20, 2017
High-Performing Virtual Team
Maya Hu-Chan, our Leadership Guru, tells us a secret to building high-performing virtual…

German Business Style:

May 11, 2017
German Business Styel
How it Differs from Japanese and American Comparing two cultural styles is interesting,…

Red Light! Stop!

Mar 13, 2017
Japanese ethics
Do YOU know right from wrong: Ethics Across Cultures A friend of yours becomes distracted…

Create Your Own Virtual Water Cooler

Jan 16, 2017
Virtual Team Water Cooler
How to harness technology to build global team spirit How often have you leaned across…

When is a Strength not a Strength?

Nov 13, 2016
Leadership Strength
What is your signature strength as a leader? Is it your energy? Which characteristic is…

CultureCorner - Seasons Greetings

Japanese Winter Seasonal Greetings and Customs

Nov 24, 2015
December and January provide many occasions for reinforcing business relationships and,…

Jewish Chanukah and Rosh Hashanah

Sep 24, 2010
The celebrations of the Jewish New Year's, Rosh Hashanah, until Yom Kippur 10 days later.…

Islamic Ramadan

Sep 24, 2010
Ramadan (Rom-a-don) is as important to Muslims as Christmas and Yom Kippur are to…

German Season Greetings and Customs

Sep 24, 2010
Christmas is a long season in Germany. Beginning on the Sunday nearest to St. Andrew's…

Russian Seasonal Greetings and Customs

Sep 24, 2010
Russian Orthodox Christmas is celebrated in January, mostly by those who are devoutly…

Korean Seasonal Greetings and Holidays

Sep 24, 2010
There is no traditional Korean custom for Christmas, although gift giving at this time of…

CultureCorner - Business Holidays

November-December 2015

Aug 28, 2015
11 2015
Nov 1 Christian France Germany Mexico All Saints Day All Saints Day All Saints Day Day of…

October-November 2015

Aug 14, 2015
10 2015
Oct 1-7 China National Day of the People's Republic/ Golden Week (usually 7 consecutive…

September-October 2015

Jul 22, 2015
2015 Sept Leaf
Sep 1 Mexico President's State of the Nation Address (Only Government and Banks are…

August-September, 2015

Jun 10, 2015
2015 Aug Leaf
Aug 1 China People's Liberation Army of China Memorial Day/Army Day (Half-Day leave for…

July-August, 2015

May 15, 2015
2015 Jul Leaf
Jul 1 Canada China Canada Day CPC Foundation Day Jul 3&4 USA Independence Day Jul 11…

Holidays in France

Sep 24, 2010
French workers can expect approximately eleven public holidays (those which fall on a…

CultureCorner - Mexico

Forget Cinco de Mayo but not Diez de Mayo

Apr 29, 2016
Mexican Mothers Day
Even after winning its Independence, on September 27, 1821 Mexico suffered numerous…

5 Tips for Managing Mexicans

Jan 07, 2015
Many maquiladoras* and other facilities in Mexico are maturing into operations with…

5 Steps to Confianza

Sep 18, 2013
Confianza: you can't be successful in Mexico without it! Confianza means trust, but trust…

Mexicans: Group-Oriented or Individualistic?

Jul 13, 2012
Importantly, the answer is: they are both. Mexicans see themselves as extremely…

The Role of Respect in Mexico

Aug 10, 2011
While trust must be earned in Mexico, respect should be given to everyone. By the mere…

Mexican Christmas Festivities

Sep 17, 2010
The Christmas holidays in Mexico are warm and colorful. Mexico celebrates these holidays…

CultureCorner - Japan

Fugu - It’s the buzz

Jan 30, 2018
fugu blow fish
But is it to die for? Fugu, or blowfish in English, is a culinary delicacy in Japan that…

Season's Greetings in July & August?

Jul 05, 2017
Japan is indeed a land of ritual – not only in actions, but also in words. There are…

Japanese Business Disruption

Feb 12, 2017
Japanese Business Disruption
Change the System by Embracing it! It’s often assumed that change agents and disruptors…

Swim and Gym Rules in Japan

Aug 11, 2016
swim and gym rules in Japan
If you stay in a fancy hotel or join an expensive gym, you’re less likely to have to…

Know the Naked Rules of Onsen Etiquette

Apr 20, 2016
Japanese onsen hot springs
There's really nothing like a soak in a one of Japan's 13,300 marvelous hot springs, many…

Best Free Japanese Language Apps

Mar 15, 2016
Japanese Language apps
These days there are many great apps for learning or looking up Japanese. Which ones are…

CultureCorner - China

2018 Year of the Dog

Sep 17, 2017
year of the dog
According to the Chinese Zodiac and Lunar Calendar, on February 16, 2018 (Chinese…

Chinese New Year Customs

Jan 15, 2017
Chinese New Year celebration
The Chinese New Year is commemorated with 15 days of festivities. Government offices and…

Chinese Values

Oct 17, 2016
Chinese Values
I. CONNECTIONS Possibly the most important possession to have in China is guanxi:…

China: Avoiding Sudden Death

Jul 01, 2016
Mianxi masks face
Mianzi, or "one's face" is a concept of great importance in Asia. It's a source of pride…

Drinking in China - and Surviving!

Jun 01, 2016
Chinese alcohol
Heavy drinking can go hand - in - hand with business in China, and repeated “Gam Bei-ing”…

China's Drinking Culture

May 01, 2016
China's drinking culture
Business bacchanals in China are legendary. Imbibing with others fosters a more personal…

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