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.
"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)
”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)
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