New German Coalition will strengthen Nordic export

27 11 2013

SPD and CDU agree on German coalition. Good news for Nordic companies exporting to the German market as minimum wage is set to 8,5 € from 2015!

This will reduce gap on wages between salaries and costs pr. produced unit and raise German purchasing power





Cultural Awareness Makes Misunderstandings History

11 06 2013

With cultural awareness you will NOT lose business deals. You will be aware that people see, interpret and evaluate things differently and know what is considered suitable in one culture is frequently unsuitable in another. Misinterpretations will be limited and business a success.

Throughout the company different ways of communicating are present, e.g. HR, Marketing, Sales, R&D, Communication, therefore cultural awareness is not only needed when you communicate with other countries, but also departments within the company.

Intercultural Competencies Are the Foundation of Successful Business

Fact is 70% of all failed mergers are caused by cultural differences and according to an international poll nearly 2/3 of the employers state that intercultural awareness is very important to their organization.

With cultural awareness training you will gain an understanding of cultural differences and their influence on our way of acting and communicating. The aim of the training is to make cultural dissimilarities conscious and make misunderstandings history. That knowledge is vital for success in negotiations and co-operation.

In short cultural awareness gives better bottom line. Contact me if you want to see positive results too.





Digital Natives and Their Impact on Business

18 04 2013

The new generation, digital natives, is one of the biggest challenges for all companies. However, the companies, which learn to make use of the new generation’s potential, will create better results.

Digital Natives See Opportunities – Not Limitations

The new generation is different from the old, digital immigrants, in a number of ways, but especially in working procedure. Digital natives are very social online and take part in various debates. In addition they live in a world with few limitations and where cooperation between countries and time zones is possible.

Digital natives are:

adaptable
ambitious
committed
dedicated
technologically savvy

Digital natives demand:

meaning with their work
clear career path with a possibility to move further up
flexibility and possibility to work whenever, wherever
feedback and acknowledgement

Meet the demands, or loose to your competitors! In the end the companies, who take advantage of the new generation and learn to bridge the two generations will see a positive growth.

If you want to learn more about the new generation’s potential and make these dissimilarities to advantages, you should contact me.





A Biting Dog and Culture

5 02 2013

A Biting Dog and Culture

The Danish dog Thor has savaged another dog and by Danish statute Thor risks to be put down.

Now German tourists worry about their safety of their dogs when coming to Denmark.

German and Danish Legislation

But the fact is that German and Danish legislation on dogs are very similar. For example every dog must be marked and registered. If it harms a person or another animal and therefore can be presumed dangerous some measures must be met.

German Legislation

Danish Legislation

The dog must be leashed and/or muzzled The dog must be leashed and/or muzzled
must be walked only by pers. over 18 yrs must be walked only by pers. over 18 yrs
can be put down can be put down

Understand Your Own Culture

Why are German tourists afraid, when the legislations are alike? The answer might be culture. In the culture, to which we belong, we feel safe and this culture is number one. However, if we look at it neutrally, we will sometimes see that the differences are not that big. If the German tourists had looked at the two legislations objectively, they would not have reacted as seen. This is, nonetheless, easier said than done.

The same goes for international negotiations and communication. To succeed in intercultural communication you must learn to see your own culture through more objective glasses.





Would you like to display your life to everyone on the internet?

5 12 2012

Would you like total strangers to know what you said at last week’s party, where you want to work, where your children go to school, or which color your living room has?

Our digital track will be there for the rest of our lives. Therefore, it is extremely important to be cautious whether you’re a digital immigrant or a digital native. It is namely not just the things we publish ourselves but also all the things our friends and relatives say about us.

In our digital age with almost everyone having a profile on a social network, this issue is more important than ever. The whole thing starts when turning on the computer.

Are you aware of which information you share with the rest of the world?





How do we keep teaching and learning in the time of technology?

6 11 2012

Before the computer existed, learning in school was simple: The teacher asked the questions and the students answered. Memorization was the way to learn and remember.

Today it’s different.

With smartphones and tablets as nearly common property it is necessary to change the conception of the teaching situation. The internet has revolutionized our opportunities of finding information quicker than anything but it is important to be aware of the difference between information and knowledge.

Let’s put it like this: It is easy to find information but how do we acquire it as our personal knowledge?

The question is, how do we use this overload of information in the best possible way so that the students aka. the digital natives learn and remember at the same time?





Turning work into play

16 10 2012

We all know the gap between digital natives and digital immigrants at our workplace. Now there is a solution to the problem: Gamification.

Gamification or serious gaming is an innovative channel for increasing engagement, building loyalty, encouraging participation and ultimately driving revenue[1]. This turning work into play distinguishes itself from ordinary work by offering quick response, clear rules and room for mistakes.

With gamification the employees must acquire new skills in order to keep playing. This is done by collaborating with your co-workers in an interactive environment where comments and votes are welcome.

The game is developed specifically for each purpose. E.g. Yahoo! used gamification in order to communicate their ethics and ethical decision-making with the campaign “On the Road with the Code”. In just 30 days 99% of the employees completed the game and there was a lot of positive feedback on the campaign[2].