Tag: international workplace

Working in Norway: The Colleague Conversation

Yet another reason to be happy that you’re working in Norway? Consider the Norwegian term medarbeidersamtale. It’s one of those long words where Norwegians stick two nouns together to form a new one. Which they do a lot in this country, much to the confusion of foreigners trying to learn the language. Anyway, roughly translated, … les mer

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Phone Follow-up: Job Seeking in a Perfect World

If there’s one thing I’d wish for you as a job seeker, it’d be that whenever you called the organization where you’ve either applied or are thinking of applying, you’d be met with kindness by whoever answers the phone that day. You’d hear a friendly voice giving the name of the place and asking how … les mer

Kategori: Job seeking
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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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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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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

Kategori: Integration
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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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