Multicultural Meetings: Do you speak up?

As children, we’re often to taught to use our words, speak our minds. At the same time, we’re taught to be polite and not interrupt others when they’re speaking. This can be confusing for us as adults, especially in the world of work. Especially at meetings, even more so at multicultural meetings. Even more so … les mer

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How to Explain a [Hole/Gap] in Your CV

When talking about your past, is there any difference between using the word “hole” or  “gap”? When running a course, I don’t often correct anyone’s English. In fact, just the opposite – when starting out, I emphasize that everyone sitting there is about to get a grammar-free experience. We’re not back in grammar school English … les mer

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The Italian Job: Network(ing) Failure at Its Finest

Sometimes I really bomb at this networking thing. The scene was a cathedral fellowship hall in Bologna, Italy in September last year. My chamber choir was visiting our Italian equivalent to put on a joint concert that evening. The Italians had put on a delicious spread of food for us before said concert started, and … les mer

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Norway: Happy OL Medal Count = Happy Norwegian Manager?

Need something special from your Norwegian boss? Strike while the OL-iron is hot! How so, you say? Well, consider Aftenposten’s headline this morning: OL statistics: Norway now holds a superior lead in the medal count Yes, little Norway, with a population just over 5 million people, is winning the 2018 Winter Olympics, or as they … les mer

Kategori: Integration
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Competitive Conversation: Fighting the Phone

What is it with people and their phones? Picture the scene: You’re at a big work-related dinner in a big hotel dining room, where the terrible acoustics mean that the entire space is buzzing and bursting with noisy chatter. The servers haven’t come around yet to pour the white wine that will go with your … les mer

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Business Culture Clash: What’s in a (LinkedIn) photo?

People’s preferences about what’s professional or not never cease to surprise me. Was running yet another LinkedIn course in Norway last week, and had gotten to the point where I put up a slide filled with photos I’d lifted from different LI profiles. Intending to show what not to post on what is after all … les mer

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Integration in Norway: Mimicking or mocking a foreign accent?

Was I a victim of prejudicial accent bullying? Or am I being overly sensitive and over the top dramatic (read: ridiculous)? First: It happened again just yesterday. Hearing the doorbell ring down the hall at work, I’d gone to open up for a man arriving for a meeting with one of my office neighbors. Showing … les mer

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Working in Norway: What’s your added value?

Have we in Norway (over) enhanced becoming an entrepreneur as the only way to make it in business? “Value added: describes the enhancement a company gives its product or service before offering the product to customers.” (Investopedia) Thought of this question today when reading a headline in The Scotsman announcing: Record number of Scots want to … les mer

Kategori: Trade union
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Integration: How to Move to Norway

If you’ve moved to Norway, learn something about Norway. Then tell Norwegians what you’ve learned. As often as you can. It doesn’t surprise me how little some newcomers know before moving here. I was certainly no expert on the ins and outs of Norwegian life before getting off the plane at the Oslo airport for … les mer

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Integration as International Business: Are you the buyer or the seller?

When I was teaching at a regional business school several years ago, we used a book called Cross-Cultural Business Behavior by Richard Gesteland. The first chapter outlines what the author calls ‘the two iron rules of international business’. The first of these: “The seller must adapt to the buyer.” So during a recent session of … les mer

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