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I just say things as they are…

I just say things as they are…

"I just say things as they are" is a phrase you might hear quite often. Maybe even without paying attention to it. If you - as we do in Gugin work with leadership development, conflict reconciliation and cultural identities you DO pay attention to phrases like that....

Future Cultural Challenges for Airlines and Airports

Future Cultural Challenges for Airlines and Airports

Executive Summary IATA forecasts passenger demand to double over 20 Years with the fastest-growing markets in Asia and Sub-saharan Africa. This is no surprise that the emerging and frontier market economies account for the biggest growth in the near future. This is...

You can’t make a dog happy by wagging its tail

You can’t make a dog happy by wagging its tail

This post is about employee satisfaction. More specifically about why it is so hard to achieve and why we continuously continue to do all the wrong things to increase employee satisfaction. My motivation to write this post comes from many of our clients, who don't...

Don’t Compromise – solve Dilemmas a more intelligent way

Don’t Compromise – solve Dilemmas a more intelligent way

Politicians use it all the time, Business executives use it, Parents use it too - the word; compromise. We learn to compromise because we are told this is what we have to do when different values or interests collide. And we are proud when we have managed to seek a...

Why leaving Facebook is the right thing to do

Why leaving Facebook is the right thing to do

Why leaving Facebook is the right thing to do This article is about why I closed my Facebook account 2 months ago and why I feel it is one of the best decisions I have made in a very long time I actually started writing this article before Facebook fell down from the...

Check if your colleagues are cultural intelligent

Check if your colleagues are cultural intelligent

The not so cultural intelligent colleague - a true story You are a sales representative for a large global software company in the United Kingdom. You consider yourself cultural intelligent as you have worked in many countries around the world in many different...

How to successfully screw up a business meeting

How to successfully screw up a business meeting

It happens all the time - we screw up a business meeting. We have an important business meeting coming up (first meeting with mother-in-law included) and we need it go well. We are well-prepared. We know all the numbers forward and backwards, we have our sales pitches...

Cultural fit or Skills? What is most important when hiring people?

Cultural fit or Skills? What is most important when hiring people?

Cultural fit or skills – what is most important when you hire people? You will probably say both, but which one comes first? Do you start by looking for people who culturally fit into your organisation or do you start by looking for specific skills for a specific job?

Why Business Leaders shouldn’t run Countries

Why Business Leaders shouldn’t run Countries

We often hear the argument that a country should be run like a business. We hear that politicians are talentless and that they have no knowledge about the real life. The people who are standing on the side shouting this are usually people who are (or claim to be)...

Here is the one thing that resolves most cultural conflicts

Here is the one thing that resolves most cultural conflicts

Cultural conflicts in the workplace Most times when I do speeches or workshops I ask the audience if they have ever been in cultural conflicts they could have avoided if they had been more cultural intelligent at that time. Mostly 90 - 100% answer yes to that...

Gugins services – How are they developed

Gugins services – How are they developed

  This short article is going to deal with one of the questions we are asked very often; "How are Gugins services developed and how do you know where to focus?" To answer the second part of the question first, the answer is easy - we ask our clients. Since 2001...

The Millennial Generation change the Cultural Patterns

The Millennial Generation change the Cultural Patterns

The millennials are between 20 and 35 years old and they haven't lived a life without the internet. They are probably the most progressive, idealistic and tolerant generation the world has seen. Who are they and how are they going to change the world? The reason why I...

Why I always bring a hard case onboard a plane as hand baggage

Why I always bring a hard case onboard a plane as hand baggage

This is an article about how airlines are pleasing all the wrong passengers I fly a lot. In Gugin we have a number of airlines and airports as clients, where we help them to figure out how to deal with the very diversified behaviour different cultures have...

The Nobel peace Prize to Europe – A Warning

I am always looking forward to see who are honored with the Nobel peace prize. Usually the winner of this prestigious award has done a lot to promote peace or fight injustice in a part of the world that deserves international attention - a Nobel peace prize...

Cultural Competences – Sweet or Salty?

Culture beyond the basic concept of folklore is a complex heritage for all  human beings. We learn first from our parents, then our family and relatives, and then the environment around us. Culture is transmitted through the process of learning and interacting with...

Managing exceptions :: The key to excellent performance

Managing exceptions :: The key to excellent performance

This article is about managing exceptions and why excellence in this ability makes us stand out as leaders. Many years ago, right after graduating from University I got a job with IBM as a trainee and had to learn to make advanced computer programs in "C" - a widely...

Artificial Intelligence :: How not to destroy your company culture

Artificial Intelligence :: How not to destroy your company culture

This article is about how artificial intelligence will affect company cultures. What happens when the hero in the organisation is no longer a senior person but a computer? What happens when your boss tells you that he trust the computer more than he trusts you? What...

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