Category: Business culture

Relationships Working for You?

How do you feel about relationship? When you read that question, what probably popped into your mind right away was all the people in your life outside of work. All the people with whom you have some sort of connection, be it biological and/or emotional. Parents, siblings, partner, spouse, children, and so on. Your second … les mer

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Good Boss Bad Boss: What Have You Had?

Have you ever heard this workplace saying? ‘With a bad boss there are no good jobs, and with a good boss there are no bad jobs.’ Is it true? Well, over the years I’ve had many people tell me about their bad bosses. And I’ve had a few of my own: The restaurant manager (male) … les mer

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So, You (Think You) Have a Bad Job?

Are you working in Norway? Sometimes wishing you weren’t? That working life might be better somewhere else? On a related note, have you ever gotten a work-related wake-up call at your hairdresser’s? I sure got woken up last week while sitting in the chair at a new salon I was trying in Tucson, Arizona, USA. … les mer

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Are you (at all) interested in what you do at work?

Are you interested in what you do at work? If so, are you able to tell someone else about why you are? These questions came up in connection with a course I was teaching last week, where we’d come to a section on meetings. Not just group meetings and how to make yourself heard, but … les mer

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Working in Norway: Don’t Say “Hello” in the Morning

I was recently on a website where foreign-born employees had been asked the following question: What is the most important unwritten rule in Norwegian workplace, which all work in Norway is based on? Readers were invited to guess the answer. The more serious suggestions: Don’t intrude on another’s personal space, position or beliefs Strive for … les mer

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When Rude Isn’t Rude: Norway Scores Third Person Shutout

A shutout (US) is a game in which one team prevents the other from scoring any points. I teach a course called ‘Living in Norway’ for people new to the country. Its main aim is that by the time they walk out the door at the end of the evening, these newcomers will: ‘…understand Norwegian culture, behavior … les mer

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Working in Norway: Who’s the Boss?

Being a manager in Norway isn’t always easy. Sometimes I wonder why anyone would want to be a manager with staff responsibility given all the problems inherent in the very act of trying to control other people’s behavior at work. I have a friend who’s been a manager for several years at a large Seattle … les mer

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Paying It Forward: A Culture of Sharing in Business

This idea of paying it forward instead of back is not new, but rather has been in circulation for several years. The concept is that you do a good deed for a third party after somebody else has done something positive for you. It differs from the idea of donating money to a good cause, for example Red Cross, by emphasizing the importance of your actively helping another individual – in whatever great or small way this may be – by doing it in person. Les mer

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