My first face-to-face training since Covid hit the world

Old habits die hard, they say. Especially if we don’t want them to die at all. Because they are just ‘parked’ for a while, due to the unfavourable circumstances. This is how my face-to-face training delivery skills were – up until now. Do you remember the spring of 2020, when the Covid hit the world?…

Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions – 4. Uncertainty Avoidance

I have already written about some of Hofstede’s cultural dimensions, namely about the PDI – Power Distance, the IDV – Individualism vs. Collectivism and the MAS – Masculinity vs. Femininity. We have arrived now to the fourth dimension, the UAI – Uncertainty Avoidance. The Uncertainty Avoidance (UAI) This dimension shows us how well people can…

Workplace Article Compilation

Workplace Articles Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions – 1. Power Distance Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions – 2. Individualism vs. Collectivism Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions – 3. Masculinity vs. Femininity Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions – 4. Uncertainty Avoidance Rising Through Resilience: Savio P. Clemente’s interview with Dóri Padla On The Five Things You Can Do To Become More Resilient During Turbulent Times Low…

Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions – 3. Masculinity vs. Femininity

When it comes to working with different cultures in our workplaces, it can be very useful to be aware of the cultural differences we might encounter with. I believe that the cultural dimensions’ concept from Hofstede provides a great help to all of us. I have already written about the first two dimensions, the Power…

Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions – 2. Individualism vs. Collectivism

In my previous article I wrote about the very first of Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions, the Power Distance. Now, we have arrived to the second one, the Individualism vs. Collectivism (IDV). This dimension measures how many members of a culture define themselves apart from their group memberships. In general, in individualist cultures people are expected to…

Low & high Power Distance mismatches at the workplace

In my previous article I wrote about Hofstede’s first cultural dimension, the Power Distance (PDI). “As a definition, we can say that Power Distance (PDI) is the extent to which the less powerful members of institutions and organisations accept that power is distributed unequally. It doesn’t measure the culture’s objective, “real” power distribution, but rather…

Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions – 1. Power Distance

Many companies are becoming more and more global these days. There are colleagues working together from even very far ends of the world, coming from very different cultures. Even though with respect and attention most of the cultural differences can be taken into consideration, it is absolutely worth to speak more in details about how…

Bearing stress – why is it easier for some people than for others?

We can say that stress is definitely part of the today’s modern life – unfortunately. However, we can see big differences in the stress bearing capability of the people. Some are heavily impacted even by the smallest impulse, some can take in a lot. Some people don’t even notice that they are living in constant…

Active listening – sounds easy, but is it…?

No matter in which part of an organisation you work, it is more and more emphasized, that you need to use the technique of the Active Listening while interacting with colleagues at your workplace. While many people seem to think that they do it well and communicate in an excellent way, we could wonder: Is…

Be more proactive, they say… All right, but why and how?

In the corporate world it has already become a default setting, that employees have to be proactive. There are hardly any job postings, where you cannot find proactivity in the requirements of an ideal future employee. When being on an interview, the candidates often say this feature as one of the positive things about themselves….

The types of motivation and their importance

No matter whether we are talking about just work or life in general, motivation plays a key role in advancing in any areas, in improving ourselves and also in feeling happy and content of what we do on a regular basis. There is life without motivation, but I would say it is more like sitting…

A virtual training with India

In the past few months things have turned upside down, but this is no news to anyone around the globe. In the training business fundamental changes have happened. Previously I wrote my vision on the future of the training business, which included that the virtual sessions will gain a bigger chunk of the people development…

The future of the training business

In the past weeks many people asked me about how the training business is under the current no-contact circumstances. The short answer is: it is completely on hold, I would say that it has ceased to exist. For a good while at least, for sure. The longer answer is more subtle though.   Goodbye past,…

Coping techniques regarding the controlling people of our lives

In my previous article I wrote about the controlling people in the different areas of our lives. It is one thing to realise, that we are facing such situations from time to time, however, being in them leads to one obvious end result and action. We need to solve them. We need to manage these situations….

Is Home Office good or bad?

Nowadays more and more companies offer the possibility of Home Office (HO or Working from Home, WFH) to their employees. With this they can help the employees to have a more healthy work-life balance in an easier way which attract the talents to them. As a first impression, we can believe that WFH is something…

My own five stress relief methods

No matter how much we like to spend our lives in peace, from time to time a stressful situation or period finds us. It is the same with me personally as well. What I consider important at such times first of all, is to be able to regain our calmness. And then, of course, drawing…

Avoidance and defence against the “a-holes”

I have already written about how to notice, when you are about to enter a dangerous situation, and when you are in one. Now let’s see what you can do when you realised that the situation is bad, let’s see how you can handle your dear a-hole. Avoiding techniques: Physical distancing – sit farther away…

How to notice when you are dealing with “a-holes”?

If we notice beforehand, or have a hunch that in a new workplace or in a new position there is a danger of working together with an a-hole, there are some ways how we can help ourselves. With the following techniques you can make sure whether this is the case or not. And if yes,…

Workplace conflicts with the “assholes”

First of all, I would like to come clean, that the strong expression used in the title is being used from the professional literature, it is not invented by me 🙂 Robert I. Sutton in his book called ‘The Asshole Survival Guide’ uses this expression for those people at workplaces whom we are happy to…

Are you success-oriented or a failure-avoider?

Everyone’s life is full of challenges, difficulties, things to resolve, new situations in which we need to step up. you can hear many times, that “Come on, only your attitude matters…!”. In my opinion it is true, however what happens if not only the attitude is the obstacle for someone to take these challenges easily?…