When I first moved to the Netherlands and was dating my current Dutch husband, I kept noticing things which were unusual to me. I often asked, “Why do the Dutch do this?” and “Why do the Dutch do that?”. He was surprised by all my questions as, for him, it was normal. Living in his
I had the opportunity to experience Professor Mahzarin Banaji’s Unconscious Bias (UB) awareness program. I was lucky to spend an hour in a cab ride with her on the roads of Mumbai discussing our journeys and the role of cognitive biases in our careers. Prof. Banaji is the Head of Psychology Department at Harvard University
Loes Tenniglo was in a tough situation that many of us recognize – the frustration of trying to implement changes in another country. Loes, from the Netherlands, is smart and personable, so what was the problem? Here is her story: “I had just started a one-year project to improve the productivity at our plant in
You have a request to a colleague in a different department which is in another country. Essentially, she must do some work for you and send you the results. You have written an email, with background details and clear instructions. Your request is not unusual and in the normal scope of her position. You address
You are attending a meeting with your virtual team. Everything seems to be going well, and then the team leader mentions a decision she recently made about an interface element with another team. She had attended a regular meeting of the other team and provided them with an update on the progress of your team.