Intercultural Awareness Training

What can I expect to get from these courses?

. . .   leading to competence in the intercultural setting.  When we are competent in this sense, we work together efficiently, move forward together, and achieve the required professional results while accepting differences and experiencing mutual respect.

Our trainings revolve around two main pillars: self-awareness and respect. First, you may ask, “Why self-awareness if what I need to know is how to deal with/convince the person from culture X?” Well, when working with someone from another culture, half of the way to working better together is in your hands, and if you have never spent a significant amount of time away from your native culture, you probably do not have the distance to be able to see it for all that it is, both its bright and dark aspects. You will discover how your own culture is perceived, increase your self-awareness and be more equipped to handle intercultural work.

Respect comes from the Latin elements “re-“ and “specere,” or to keep looking, again and again. Our objective as trainers is to help participants go beyond, or I should say, below, the behavioral issues they raise. Albert Einstein said, “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” By explaining the various cultural values and “drivers,” we give participants  new and much deeper knowledge on the “why” behind the behavior that may have been puzzling them before. With this knowledge, they are able to look at the culture with new eyes and understand that there can be more than one truth, one reality, one way. Our trainees learn to keep looking  --  and not only with the eyes.