The importance of intercultural training cannot be underestimated in today’s competitive international working environment. The global economy, where countries, companies and international institutions operate without pause, requires employees able to navigate a complex and ever-changing world. Understanding how to get the most out of the teams you manage or work in, learning how to develop relationships with international suppliers or clients and deciphering the cultural makeup of each of your markets are all critical if you wish to be successful. Developing the international competence of employees engaged in these or similar ventures should form part of your strategy and intercultural training should be at the heart of these development plans.
While your international counterparts may share some of your goals, it is highly likely that their cultural makeup and intercultural differences will lead them to have very different ideas of how to achieve them. Intercultural training provides the skills and operating framework required to recognise the importance that culture plays in international business interactions. A lack of the right intercultural skills and knowledge can often lead to misunderstandings, breakdowns in communication and failed negotiations, which in turn can cause both financial losses – in terms of lost contracts and revenue – and losses in human capital – in terms of employee stress and frustration.
Communicaid has long recognised the challenges and needs of international businesses and the important role intercultural training plays in establishing successful international business relationships. To help organisations be more effective when working across cultures and reduce the cost we have developed a series of intercultural training programmes that provide the skills employees at all levels need to be effective in any international context.
Intercultural training programmes can help you work with many cultures such as our Developing Intercultural Competence programme, or they may target a specific country such as Doing Business in Japan programmes. All of Communicaid’s intercultural training programmes are tailored to the specific needs of the organisation and individuals. Communicaid’s intercultural training programmes are highly interactive and delivered by trainers with vast international experience in a variety of business environments and sectors. By participating in an intercultural training programme delegates will develop skills and strategies to successfully navigate the intercultural business interactions.
Please click on one of our more popular country-specific intercultural training programmes below or contact us to discuss your needs in more detail.