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Spring is here and so is the latest issue of our newsletter

We hope you‘ll enjoy this collection of interesting articles, including on the following topics:

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Intercultural Sensitivity Workshop & World Café at Robert Bosch GmbH

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In the realm of intercultural training, intensive cooperation is already taking place between Robert Bosch GmbH and ti communication, especially regarding the preparation of employees being sent on foreign assignments. It hardly even matters where they are going; our network of experts spans the globe: from Singapore to Portugal, the Netherlands, China and Saudi Arabia, all the way to Australia.

This year, we had the opportunity to support the Robert Bosch company using a different format: On the occasion of an international conference with participants from Germany, China, the USA and Japan, our trainers Anna Corbett and Susanne Taylor conducted a 2.5-hour workshop.

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"A culture consists of many stories " - eMag Interview (4)

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"A culture consists of many stories " - eMag Interview (4)

In the series “Cultures, communication and stereotypes” of the eMag co-worker magazine of Infineon Technologies AG, the editors talk with intercultural trainers about how they prepare their training participants for life in other cultures. They also explore country stereotypes and faux pas. Trainer Barbara Geldermann spoke with eMag about her many years of experience with Asian cultures and explains that there is no general formula for dealing with people from other cultures. Her specialty area is East-Asian and Southeast-Asian cultures: Greater China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.

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Competency models in leadership workshops – a project report from China

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Competency models in leadership workshops – a project report from China

End of last year ti communication supported a mid-sized German enterprise group with the roll-out of their new performance management system at their China subsidiaries. Two trainings were facilitated by Dr Laurenz Awater, Chief Representative of ti communication in China, introducing a new competency model developed for the client’s global organization.
Competency models are an integral part of any strategy aimed at building a high performing organization. Competency models are an important instrument because they have proven to be helpful in

  • defining corporate identity and giving the organization overall direction
  • clarifying performance expectations by providing specific behavioral descriptions
  • making performance management a more effective process by transforming traditional performance review sessions into future-oriented development sessions
  • creating a performance culture and an appreciative feedback culture
  • redirecting the orientation of individuals and teams from monetary incentives toward maximization of development potentials
  • aligning company and individual development around commonly shared values and goals
  • forming a leadership culture which moves developing others to the centre of leadership behavior
  • building a corporate culture based upon core values and principles set out for the global organization
  • creating a common language among employees across hierarchies and national boundaries

Participants discussed the competencies and behavioral descriptors and learnt their application in performance appraisals by making self-assessments and preparing for appraisal sessions using case studies.

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Fail in foreign trade - Ten ways to waste money abroad: The ninth case: Let’s go to China – after all, everyone else is doing it

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Fail in foreign trade - Ten ways to waste money abroad: The ninth case: Let’s go to China – after all, everyone else is doing it

An article of InterGest, partner of ti communication

Altmeier makes windows. He makes good windows – the kind that really save energy and also look great. Altmeier also supports the local soccer club for the large city of Stemmelfeld, and he is a model entrepreneur for the entire region. He is innovative, environ­mentally friendly, a supporter of local business, creates jobs, and a great guy all around.

In late 2005, it happened that an ambitious politician from the Stemmelfeld district was able to attract a few potential investors for his district during a trip to China. He quickly found a group of Chinese people who were interested in acting as a delegation to Germany, in order to see for themselves what kinds of investments could be made in China or Germany as part of a cooperation.

When it came time to get ready for the visitors from China, Alt­meier was contacted. He would be introduced to the Chinese dele­gation, present his factory and his products, and represent German entrepreneurs as a whole. No one else seemed better suited, and no one could do it better.

In the days before the delegation’s visit, Altmeier polished his factory to a high shine and made everything look nice, even going so far as to display three Chinese flags. The delegation could come any time now.

When they finally arrived, everything went very fast. The Chi­nese visitors came, were in fact impressed by Altmeier’s factory, and immediately took over. Altmeier followed along behind the dele­gates, was asked to sit next to the head of the Chinese delegation, and a few “ganbei”s later Altmeier was inevitably invited to visit China. He simply needed to see for himself, they said, what amazing opportunities there were in China for his company. Investing in China would be the ideal approach for him.

Just three months later, Altmeier was in China, welcomed heartily by the members of the last delegation. He was taken everywhere, was shown the fast-growing industrial zones and was extremely impressed by the growth figures, which people could only dream of back in “good old Germany.”

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ti communication now also in Shanghai – An interview with Dr. Laurenz Awater

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ti communication now also in Shanghai – An interview with Dr. Laurenz Awater

As of January 2014 we are proud to announce our official Chinese representation in Shanghai! Dr. Laurenz Awater, an experienced expert on the Chinese market, will represent our company in China. We are your development partner for intercultural training, coaching, and consulting in all regions of the world offering a wide spectrum of services in the realms of human resources and organizational - now especially for enterprises in the Chinese market.

Dr. Laurenz Awater is an organization development expert and has been working as a senior trainer and consultant since 2003. He is able to draw from a large pool of knowledge and experience as a trainer for leadership, team development, change management and intercultural training. He was born in Germany and has 15 years of hands-on China experience (including two years of academic studies at Beijing University and more than 10 years of work experience as general manager). Laurenz Awater is fluent in Mandarin and has gained professional experience in German industry, academic publishing and general management in China.

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New representative office in Shanghai

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New representative office in Shanghai
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We are your on-site team for international success - now also in Shanghai

As of January 2014 we are proud to announce our official Chinese representation in Shanghai! Dr. Laurenz Awater, an experienced expert on the Chinese market, will represent our company in China. We are your development partner for intercultural training, coaching, and consulting in all regions of the world offering a wide spectrum of services in the realms of human resources and organizational - now especially for enterprises in the Chinese market.

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