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idas2action

ideas2action is a Danish based international oriented consultancy firm. Our main focus areas are

Diversity & culture coaching

Out activities

  • Coaching of international managers working in Denmark on how to manage in a Danish context
  • Coaching of Danish managers working abroad - how to manage in a different cultural context
  • Training of trainers - how to increase employees' intercultural competences
  • Training employees in co-operation and innovation across cultures
  • Coaching non-Danes in how to work with the Danes
  • Pre-departure preparation for employees (20 % excutives leave overseas jobs early (Korn Ferry Institute)
  • Facilitating increased innovation and co-operation in multi-cultural teams
  • Facilitating fusion processes using cultural diversity as a leverage
  • Assisting HRM personnel in designing the intercultural competent organisation
  • Practical conflict resolution in multi-cultural organisations and groups.

Our approach

We see cultural diversity as a resource. However, science shows that it is a resource which is difficult to tap into. It takes not only good will but also intercultural skills. These skills include cultural knowledge and understanding, cultural self insight, an ability to explore other cultures and strong communication and conflict resolution skills. Thus, to be intercultural competent goes far beyond knowing the "do's and don'ts" of other cultures. Intercultural competence can be obtained through training, coaching and practice. In order to unleash the innovation potential of cultural diversity we recommend not only intercultural training for managers and employees but also culture fusion processes facilitated by our experienced process consultants.

More information

"Innovation takes place when different ideas, perceptions, and ways of processing and judging information collide"
(Dorothy Leonard and Susaan Straus, Harvard Business Review - On Breakthrough Thinking)

Our clients include

  • Bosch
  • Novozymes
  • Novo Nordic
  • Sika Nordic
  • CSC
  • Crisplant
  • Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Institute for Human Rights (Denmark)
  • University of Copenhagen
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • Linné University (Sweden)
  • Danish Engineering Colleges and Universities
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • Unions
  • Economists', engineers' and regional business interest organisations
  • UN, Danida and EU: (Practicing intercultural competence in various assignments in Africa, the Middle East and Asia (1994 to date))
Additionally, we have undertaken anthropological research at multicultural work-places in Malaysia and Denmark.

Book

Book by Bjørn Nygaard (in Danish only): The cultural encounter at the work place - intercultural competence as a competition parameter.

Testimonials

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark
  • UN
  • EU
  • Danish Federation of Family Planning (East Africa and South Asia)
  • International Media Support
  • Danish Institute for Human Rights
  • Ghana Denmark Friendship Association
  • Various Danish municipalities and ministries

”I had some good and useful sessions with Bjørn Nygaard and enjoyed his ability to get under the skin of the problems you meet as an ambassador in a developing country with employees with a different cultural background. I would especially like to emphasize Bjørn's advice on how to make the cultural encounter a positive encounter for all parties involved.” (Carsten Nilaus Pedersen, Ambassador)

"I found the presentation on cultural encounters brilliant, Bjørn was an outstanding facilitator." (Danida advisor)

"Bjorn connected with us well ... His assessment tools will be helpful in the future." (Danida advisor) "The exercises and role-play facilitated by Bjørn Nygaard gave me use full tools and are still objects for reflection for me." (Junior Professional Officer, UN)

"The last two days focusing on culture provided a number of useful tools which we, as new JPO's, can use in order to adapt as best as possible to a new, international working environment." (Junior Professional Officer, UN)

Adresse

ideThandling
Birkevang 20 A, 3500 Værløse
Denmark

Kontakt info

Tlf: +45 3296 2255
Mobil: +45 2225 9409
Skype: bjornnygaard1
Email: bjornnygaard@idethandling.com