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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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

5 reasons you will never become a Leader

5 reasons you will never become a Leader

A lot of people want to become a leader. This article is about why you most likely will fail to become a leader. The article is also about what you can do yourself to change that situation. But you will probably find it is much harder than you anticipated.

How we manage time – a cultural dilemma on time management

How we manage time – a cultural dilemma on time management

How we manage time - A dilemma You are an account executive of a company that builds and delivers cement factories for clients around the world. You have been given the task to prepare a presentation for a potential new client in a public tender process. It is...

Terror attack – The Dangerous side effect of Cultures

Terror attack – The Dangerous side effect of Cultures

  The tragic event in Paris here in France where 12 people were killed has of course drawn headlines around the world. Apart from condemning the act and showing support to the relatives of the killed people another thing is going on, which can become potentially...

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...

Dilemma 3: Are you corrupt?

Are you corrupt? Usually when you ask people if they are corrupt they will answer "No!". But the truth is that we can all end up being corrupt if the pressure on us is big enough. Will will not be proud of it, many will not speak about it and most people will feel a...

5 soft skills a leader should possess to create a strong corporate culture

5 soft skills a leader should possess to create a strong corporate culture

Soft skills – ​hard currency.
It is a tough job being a leader today. First of all, you get bombarded with pieces of advice and recommendations about what you should do as a leader, how you should behave and not behave etc. The recommendations are all about the soft skills other people believe you need to have.

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...

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...

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