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Is Islam = Terrorism?

Is Islam = Terrorism?

Is Terrorism = Islam? Of course not It is easy to judge the terror attacks we have witnessed in Paris as a spin-off of radical islamism as all of the terrorists were muslims. I am writing this short article because I have worked with this subject for quite many years...

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...

How working from home may damage your company culture

How working from home may damage your company culture

This article is about how working from home can damage your corporate culture. The money saved on sending people home because of COVID19 can easily be lost due to lover employee - and customer satisfaction. Read on The Excitement Many office workers around the world...

The top 5 corporate culture challenges for managers

The top 5 corporate culture challenges for managers

Here are the 5 most significant challenges managers of multicultural teams are facing. The list is based on more than 600 clients Gugin has worked with across the Globe. Contact us if these challenges look familiar to you. We will love to hear about them. Maybe we can help.

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?

The New Homeless

Home means protection, belonging, feelings of ownership, safety, and overall a place where everything is known. At home, we understand the way things work and the relationships among others. We learn from others (parents) or teach others (brothers and sisters, sons...

Post-merger integration – the top 3 reasons why it usually fails

Post-merger integration – the top 3 reasons why it usually fails

According to most surveys, including those from BusinessWeek and McKinsey quarterly 2/3 of all mergers and acquisitions fail to meet their objectives due to cultural clashes. In Gugin we have spent thousands of hours and a lot of money researching the reason behind this and develop services that help bring down that ratio.

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...

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...

Cross-Cultural Team Development in the Southern French Alps

Cross-Cultural Team Development in the Southern French Alps

Develop your team's intercultural competencies in one of Europe's largest nature reserves, Parc National du Mercantour. We can learn so much from nature and we want you to use wild nature as inspiration for your own and your team's development. For many years, Gugin...

Why you should never use Hofstede to assess cultural differences

Why you should never use Hofstede to assess cultural differences

Understanding human behaviour has interested us at all times. Psychologists, philosophers, historians, artists and others have all made their contributions to describing human behaviour. Hofstede was one of the first, in the 1960'ies to look at human behaviour from a...

Are you in a toxic Work Culture? – Blow the whistle

Are you in a toxic Work Culture? – Blow the whistle

Toxic work culture is bad for both you and your company Do you ever have the feeling that you have to pull all your energy together in order to be able to go to work? Do you have anxiety when entering your workplace? A toxic work culture can have a huge negative...

Your Comfort Zone is the most dangerous Place to be

Your Comfort Zone is the most dangerous Place to be

I recently facilitated a global leadership workshop for a group of very introvert MBA students - actually the most introvert group I have ever had. It was not a group of executive MBA students so they have both their life and challenges ahead of them. One of the major...

There is one thing worse than bad leadership

There is one thing worse than bad leadership

We are good at reducing bad leadership Most leaders and managers are well aware that the quality of their performance has a huge influence on the people they manage or lead. This is also why organisational feedback systems are so valuable because they indicate how and...

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...

Cultural Intelligence, what is it and how do you develop it?

Cultural Intelligence, what is it and how do you develop it?

What is Cultural Intelligence? Wikipedia defines Cultural Intelligence or CQ as "Cultural intelligence or cultural quotient (CQ) is a term used in business, education, government and academic research. Cultural intelligence can be understood as the capability to...

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