How Rakuten turned into a Global Giant – Language and Culture Lessons for Companies with a Common Business Language For years I have been intrigued by how language and culture influence each other. I often address this relationship with international teams, many of which strongly relate to this subject, particularly if their members are multilingual.
While I write this blog, the tunes of the song Motherland from Nathalie Merchant sound in my headphones. It reminds me of the conversation I recently facilitated with a group of amazing women from eleven different nations from the MENA (Middle East, North Africa) region. It led me to think about identity and how I
By: Nita Korsten and Kathy Czako Once upon a time… Mrs. Snow, the CEO of an international company, led her quarterly sales meeting on the 46th floor of a giant glass and concrete skyscraper in a country far, far away. Her seven devoted staff members surrounded Mrs. Snow. They had gathered from various countries from
Recently I designed a leadership development program for chairs (most senior professors) of one of world’s highest-ranking universities. Through this program, I showed the importance for an expertise-focused organization to turn their professionals into professional leaders. The importance to turn professionals into professional leaders does not only count for universities, but for any expertise-focused
Have you ever been in charge or involved in a corporate culture change program? Then you might recognize the optimism at the start of such a program. Often, a very smart 3, 4, or 5-step approach is presented to change the company’s culture from A to B! To avoid disappointment and increase the success rate,