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20 August 2013

Most multinationals now agree that one of the key operational challenges they face is the need for greater awareness and better understanding of their clients’ and partners’ business cultures.

Here’s the problem. I’m dealing with a client, a supplier or JV partner.  I’m learning their language. I can understand what they say. I DON’T understand what they really mean.

08 August 2013

Will they be ready? For what? The 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics of course. They can be a bit ‘last minutish’ but Brazil gets there with flare and style. If you’re going there or working with Brazilians here’s what to expect.

30 July 2013

Only the other day someone still labelled Russia ‘the Wild East’ in a business meeting. The fear of ‘corruption demands’ and ‘strong-arm methods’ is deep rooted. But it’s the exception, not the rule.  Here are some of the things I have learned about doing business in Russia.

04 April 2013

With figures showing that companies investment in training for their employees has grown as a percentage of sales in recent years, the issue of how to ensure a maximum return on that investment is becoming key.

In many cases training is offered to groups of employees over a one or two day period, but companies often struggle to find ways to measure the real benefits and outcomes in the following weeks and months.

15 March 2013

After being asked for my opinion on how best to understand modern China I decided to inspect my bookcase and jog my memory for some of the most useful books which I have come across in my own continuing effort to understand China as a resident of Shanghai.

Eventually I managed to separate my top 5 reads and have listed them below with a short summary to guide you on the contents and help you choose the most useful book for you!

13 March 2013

In this article aimed at those working in HR / Training / Learning & Development, Barry Tomalin outlines the key components of successful Cultural Training programmes.

Given the impact they can have on the way organisations and their people conduct business internationally, ensuring a maximum return on investment is essential.

Whether you’re learning a language for the first time or are looking to develop your existing language skills, call SIMON & SIMON today on +44 (0)20 7821 0999 to discuss the best language training course for you.

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