Foreseeing a choice and then making it is not the cruelty of fate in action, but a powerful exercise in free will.   This is why you should watch the film Arrival: the film visually dissects intelligently people transcending barriers to connect to a new culture, a foreign alien one. How do these aliens communicate? […]

Sometime last March together with my colleague Edmée Schalkx, we decided we wanted to work with coaches who were interested in developing the coaching cultural competency. While designing the programme we realised that not always people see culture around them, embedded in our daily lives, at work in at leisure time; how we are surrounded […]

Kisses land on either my left or right shoulder, moreover a gentle touch in passing each other and me. Their engagement shows even more when nodding affirmative ‘yes’ as a reply on my questions if they speak any English at all. Their enthusiasm is contagious, all being elated until the moment I make the gesture […]

Probably you think you’re really good in changing, aren’t you? I mean, after all you effortlessly navigate in a complex international environment day in, day out. Still it can be a huge challenge to create the real change for you!   Why blogging on this topic? Because I have been around here long enough to […]

Today we celebrate Chinese New Year – heralding the year of the Monkey. Did you know that you must not wash your hair on the first day of the lunar year? In Chinese the character for Hair (发) is the same as fa in facai (发财), which means ’to become wealthy’. Washing one’s hair is […]

Emoji is booming. Emojis are such a part of our existence that we’ve got a keyboard to type them quicker. Not just teens, students even candidates running for President of the US use them – here is the example where Hillary Clinton asks students how they feel about their loan debt- ; we get collectively […]

  ‘Kapsalon’ caught my eye last summer during my visit to Saint Petersburg – Russia, at the Potato & Mushroom Restaurant. The cause had nothing to do with these two veggies but rather that they offered ‘kapsalon’ on their menu. I couldn’t avoid noticing a sensation of national pride: an imported Dutch product being prepared […]

When in Rome don’t do as the Romans   Would you agree with the following statement: ‘When in Rome do as the Romans’. Do you agree or don’t you agree? In an attempt to gain insight and deeper understanding of cultural differences, would you adapt to the local culture to reach your goals or would […]

In the country where the Salsa and Tango was born, they know exactly why it takes 2-2- Tango. The Argentinians lives are designed around the dance of Life.

This isn’t always the case in Northern Hemispherical countries, as the following story reveals. Just the other day a cheerful, vividly and lively Latin- American woman, originally coming from such a smaller city close to Buenos Aires shared her experience of working in the Netherlands with Dutchies.

Your body language just can’t hide…