cross-cultural training

Who needs cross-cultural training?

By MTM LinguaSoft on November 6th, 2014

white kitten embracing chihuahua

It could easily be argued that everyone in the United States would benefit from cross-cultural training today. As our earlier article on the changing language map of the U.S. indicates, there’s hardly a place in the country where intercultural interactions aren’t a fact of life. But when should a company invest in cross-cultural training? We’ve …Read More

Cultural Intelligence: Maximize Business Success

By Myriam Siftar on August 7th, 2014

chihauhua' ear being cleaned by white kitten

Last week we looked at some costly business mistakes that could have been avoided if companies had instilled cultural intelligence and respect for other cultures in their managers and employees. This time we’ll look at how companies, who received cultural training, have had unusual success by showing respect for and curiosity about local conditions. Even small gestures of …Read More

Cultural Intelligence: Avoiding Business Blunders

By Myriam Siftar on July 31st, 2014


In our last post we talked about what cultural intelligence is. Now let’s look at some concrete examples of how a lack of cultural intelligence can sabotage your business dealings. A failure to use chopsticks helped to lose a company a contract in China. A friend translated the remarks of the Chinese interpreters, who expressed …Read More

Cultural Intelligence: What Is It?

By Myriam Siftar on July 24th, 2014

Cross-cultural skills are becoming more and more important to all businesses, whatever their size. In today’s world it is likely that your staff will be called on to interact with people from other cultures, whether as clients, partners, or co-workers. Of course, if your company is engaging with foreign markets, such skills are particularly important. …Read More

How to Criticize in Different Cultures

By MTM LinguaSoft on May 13th, 2014

The Anglo-EU Translation Guide, which has been making the rounds on the web in various forms for several years, instructs Europeans about how they should interpret feedback from a Brit. “Could we consider other options?” really means “I don’t like your idea.” “With the greatest respect…” translates into “I think you are an idiot.” Humor …Read More

How to Market Your International Experience: Advice to Students

By Myriam Siftar on April 17th, 2014

On April 11, I participated in a panel discussion at the inaugural Global Career Symposium at Arcadia University with Zabeth Teelucksingh, Executive Director of the Global Philadelphia Association. The goal of the panel was to help students understand how to “sell” their experiences abroad to employers. In other words, what do employers look for in globally-minded …Read More

The Importance of In-Person Training for Cultural Competency

By MTM LinguaSoft on March 13th, 2014

multicultural business team

Back in August 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek, on its “The Debate Room” page, put forth the following proposition for debate: “Virtual Training Beats In-Person Training.” Speaking in favor of the proposition, Donna Wells of Mindflash, a maker of e-learning software, argued that “Dramatic shifts in communication, behavior patterns, and technological innovation make it vital for companies …Read More

Growing Up Between and Connecting Cultures

By MTM LinguaSoft on June 25th, 2013

This is the third and last in our series of interviews with some of the consultants whom we can draw on to provide quality cultural training for our clients. Unlike the subjects of our first two interviews, Carol Cunningham and Laura Sicola, this consultant has dealt with intercultural relations since childhood. Lobna “Luby” Ismail likes to say …Read More

Making a Career Out of Multiculturalism

By MTM LinguaSoft on May 1st, 2013

photo of laura sicola

This is the second of our profiles of some of the consultants MTM LinguaSoft works with in providing cultural competence training. Our last profile looked at Carol Cunningham, whose career in cultural training came as a result of international consulting work for Johnson & Johnson. This time we look at Laura Sicola, who came to the …Read More

Business Jargon: A Problem for (International) Communication

By Myriam Siftar on April 10th, 2013

Continually changing fads for the latest “in” business terms have been the subject of many complaints by those who think that using terms like “take offline” and “giving 110%” is a substitute for clear thinking and communication. For some years, Forbes held an annual contest to name the most annoying business jargon. Finalists over the years …Read More


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