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Increasingly, organizations and companies work globally. Universities offer international programs, large and even small companies more and more trade across the borders and police and judicial authorities need to work together internationally. All these organizations are faced with cultural differences: the way we work together, negotiate, trade, organize our work and communicate are culturally programmed.

The impact of cultural diversity

As a consultancy Luz azul’s focus is first on determining to what extent cultural differences matter in your specific context. The cultural factor is occasionally overestimated, but more often it is underestimated. A clear assessment of your company’s strengths in cultural diversity, the pitfalls it faces and advice on how to overcome them can be of great use. The results of the consultancy can optionally be complemented with training or coaching.

Cross-cultural coaching

Managers and professionals who look for coaching focused on dealing effectively with partner organizations, clients or team members with different cultural backgrounds can also knock on Luz azul’s door. I use the Intercultural Readiness Check© in every coaching trajectory. This time-tested tool assesses one’s strengths, reveals potential pitfalls and offers guidance for further development on the four intercultural competences. The personal profile revealed by the IRC© forms the basis of specialized coaching sessions that connect to your work and goals. E-coaching through Skype and email or with a training actress is provided for professionals working in the field.

What Luz azul’s clients say

“I began to develop an awareness and understanding of the dynamics involved in general interaction and intercultural communication, and, by default, my own interaction and communication. The light was provided through many different angles, in-depth discussions, soul searching, reading and honest reflection. I devoured all the theoretical pieces of information provided by my coach.” (manager of humanitarian aid organization)

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Masterclass Brain, Mind & Culture

On October 18, 2024 the next Masterclass Brain, Mind and Culture of Japan Intercultural Institute starts. This Masterclass is a blended learning course (webinars-podcasts-online learning) that introduces the latest insights of culture, brain and mind sciences to those living and working interculturally. You will gain a deeper understanding of the psychology of intercultural experiences, including: culture and cognition, biases, and deep culture learning and transformation. You will learn to be a more insightful interculturalist and learn how to encourage intercultural learning in others. Joseph Shaules and Yvonne van der Pol are your facilitators.

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