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    November 14, 2012

    When Can Adaptability Slip Into Compromise? Pitfalls of International Management

    Learn how to balance your approach to cultural norms without losing sight of your objectives.

    By Debbie Nicol, Managing Director, 'business en motion' On some recent business trips, I managed to find a moment to visit the natural wonders of local beaches.  In Ghana, the width and breadth of the beach and ocean was a patchwork of blue and black plastic bags whilst on mainland Thailand, the first 200m offshore proudly displayed brown-green ocean water, silently persuading those blue ocean lovers to remain on terra firma. These observations reinforced a previous insight, or was it an...Continue reading

    By Debbie NicolPosted in International Management on November 14, 2012

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    October 7, 2012

    Adventures of an Expat: Defining Basic Needs

    International Management requires understanding individual logic that may not be your own.

    By Debbie Nicol, Managing Director, 'business en motion"  I often reflect on one of my earliest overseas postings, when I moved from my native Australia to Malaysia, a move I now see as simply ‘next door’, yet at the time literally turned my life upside down.  I was invited to join an international hotel chain and hence live in the hotel whilst also working in it.   As it really was my first expatriate position, I look back now in awe at the level of curiosity and...Continue reading

    By Debbie NicolPosted in International Management on October 7, 2012

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    September 15, 2012

    Lost In Translation: Survival Tips for International Managers

    When the art of leading in other cultures may be foreign to the leader himself.

    By Debbie Nicol, Managing Director, 'business en motion" ‘Lost in Translation’ normally applies to a context of vocabulary and conversation.  It strikingly, and sometimes hilariously, results in misunderstandings, undesired outcomes and unintended reactions of shock and horror.  Could ‘Lost in Translation’ also apply to international management, the art of leading others in cultures that may be foreign to the leader himself?   Three common areas can have a huge...Continue reading

    By Debbie NicolPosted in International Management on September 15, 2012

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    July 10, 2012

    Working With Other Cultures

    How do you mitigate differences in your multicultural work environment?

    Our business world has become more and more global over the years and will continue to do so.  There is a difference, however, between doing business with other cultures and working in a multicultural environment.  When you do business with another culture there tends to be more respect shown to each party, a greater tendency to appreciate differences, and greater attempts made to understand one another’s needs and solutions.  Maybe it is because both parties are trying to find common...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in International Management on July 10, 2012

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