When will change management fail?

As a cross-cultural consultant, I am not surprised companies are struggling with the concept of change management. I understand too well that it is – again – an American concept that European companies are copying thinking “it should work here as well”. To make it simple, let’s say that the American culture think in terms…

Seeking cross-cultural specialists urgently!

Here is the challenge: On my right, “liberty of speech”, is raised by the “free world”. On my left, “respect for sacred figures” is claimed by the “only good religion, Muslims”. Are we not supposed to be the ones being able to explain each other’s point of view? Each other’s mindset? Dear colleagues & peers,…

Could culture shock lead to barbarism?

Soon, France will dry its tears, finish mourning and life will resume in France. One will need to find out the sequences which helped lead to barbarism, understand how we got there. At the risk of having to relive a similar drama that would plunge France (of all countries?) into even greater sorrow. The line…

Body language is also cultural!

Body language analysis of David Cameron David Cameron used its body language as argument. Body language is an art, and he masters it. Look at him: he looks determine, dangerous, fearless and threatening. But his words are just saying: I shall not pay……the First of December. But he will pay, surely. Because UK is used…

How to help spouses from different cultures?

Can studies on cultural differences help spouses of different cultures? Yes. It is now a common phenomenon. Our century has reduced distances and increased meetings, the origins of various couples. A wave of difficulties often appears with the arrival of the first child. For the couple, the impact is even more severe than it is…