It’s funny how one can be on their best behavior in a situation and yet be seen to be something else by the other person. This is particularly true in intercultural interactions.
On a recent trip to London, standing in a crowded underground train somewhere between Victoria and Bond Street stations, the pitfalls of stereotyping people were emphasised.
Recently Supporting People met two American women; both married to a Dane and have lived in Denmark for a number of years. Both meetings ended with the Americans' spontaneous final remark "It's so hyggeligt".
The other day Supporting People attended a fascinating lecture by Ph.D., MBA and strategic management consultant, Mette Nørgaard, who has just published a new book ”TouchPoints – Tænk ledelse i selv det mindste øjeblik” (U.S. title: Touchpoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments).
Last summer in a surprising exhibition, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art displayed works from Warhol and Munch together. An initial reaction would be to think of these two art icons as having very little in common, and as being artistic opposites. So, why show the artists together in the same exhibition?
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"In 2011, family- and spouse- related issues has overtaken compensation issues as the number one topic addressed by international assignees."
The Ernst and Young study on Global Mobility Effectiveness (2011)