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

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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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Mars and Venus: (Not) Talking to Strangers in Norway

Not long ago, I was having a conversation with a fellow expat at an event arranged by my women’s network in southern Norway. New to the region, she started telling me about the trouble she was having getting used to the fact that nobody spoke to her out in public. She gave the example of … les mer

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Integrating in Norway: Why you should join a volunteer board

One of the fastest ways to integrate yourself in society here is to join a volunteer board. I didn’t say it was one of the easiest – why? Because you have to participate at meetings. You can’t just sit there and not say anything. Well, you can but you’ll feel pretty silly doing so time … 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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Integration: What does it mean to you?

Just where are you at on integrating? At a recent course on intercultural communication, the topic of integration was quickly brought up by one of the non-Norwegians in the classroom. Except that he didn’t call it that, but had just reacted to a question I’d written on the board before starting class: What does getting … les mer

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Integration in Norway: Find Your Tribe

We were talking this week about what different people – in this case non-Norwegians attending my Intercultural Communication at Work course – think about the term ‘integration’. What did it really mean to them? A woman raised her hand and asked, “What do you think? Is it okay to hang around with people from your … les mer

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