Understanding the Pitfalls of Working across Cultures

Cross-cultural teams offer outstanding new perspectives and fresh insights – as long as you avoid the pitfalls. Here’s how to avoid embarrassment in a cross-cultural environment and how to recover if you make a blunder.

Germany, Rur Reservoir, smiling businessman in canoe
My first experience with my employer was a memorable one, to say the least.

I had just been hired and was anticipating my first videoconference with my boss. Even as a German who would be working for a Danish company, I hadn’t given much thought to any cultural differences between us.

Having prepared all morning, I positioned myself behind my desk and initiated the call – I couldn’t believe my ears. Continue reading