Fail in foreign trade - Ten ways to waste money abroad: The first case

Fail in foreign trade - Ten ways to waste money abroad: The first case

An article of InterGest, partner of ti communication

Prof. Peter Anterist is CEO of the international trust company InterGest, which supports export-oriented companies at over 50 locations worldwide. He holds a law degree, which he obtained from the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University inFrankfurt/Main in 1999, where he studied law subsequent to studying business management in Saarbruecken. Prof. Peter Anterist regularly lectures as visiting professor on international management at the Central University of Finance & Economics (CUFE) in Beijing.

Abroad, medium-sized buisnesses are not always spoilt by success. Peter Anterist, CEO of the worldwide operating trust company InterGest, describes „ten most popular business failures of SME‘s to lose money abroad“. In times of harsh markets related to our difficult economy, those in businesses especially who own small businesses want to save themselves from making a financial mistake.

Anterist, whose company is accompanying medium-sized businesses for 40 years now, does not want to make up or satirize anything. It is not the entrepreneurial negligence which leads to possible finanical mistakes. Mostly, it is the absolute success within a country which leads to self-made and unquestioned decisions in foreign trade. Often, the decision making can lead into the wrong direction because of incorrect assumptions."Every described incident is based on inspiration from true stories. However, people and products which are analysed in the given texts are completely fictious."

Fail in foreign trade - Ten ways to waste money abroad

The purpose of this blog is to point out the ten best ways of failing splendidly and wasting untold quantities of money abroad within the following months. Of course, there are plenty of other ways to secure one‘s own defeat, but these are the ones that work best.

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Fit for doing Business with Germany / German-speaking-nations – Our Workshops and Seminars for doing business with German-speaking nations have got a new concept: modular structure for maximum customer satisfaction!

Fit for doing Business with Germany / German-speaking-nations –  Our Workshops and Seminars for doing business with German-speaking nations have got a new concept: modular structure for maximum customer satisfaction!

The proven concept of practical experience of participates, guided by well experienced Senior Trainers / Consultants / Coaches reaches new levels: participants get input about work- and living environment in Germany, actively acquire hands-on know-how for excellent collaboration (Toolbox) and develop facilities to address various situations adequately: how to avoid conflicts, how to figure out what makes the German’s tick, what are their expectations and how to deal with it efficiently.

Custom-made Training Programs

The modular structure of the workshops allows the “perfect fit Workshop” according to clients’ needs. Various modules can be selected and combined based on client’s key aspects. The result: maximized customer satisfaction!

Depending on requirements 1-day Seminars, 1.5 days Workshops or the optimized version of 2 days Workshop can be arranged.

Based on client’s particular requirements, Seminars and Workshops are available for participants in general with standardized program as well as custom-made in-house trainings. Locations are in India as well as in German-speaking countries in Western Europe. Training languages can be either English or German. Bi-national, Indo-German Trainer Team is on call.

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Skiing with a Sea View – The most unusual ski areas of the world

Skiing with a Sea View – The most unusual ski areas of the world

 

Enjoy après ski in St. Anton, go off piste in Zermatt or stay overnight in an igloo atop the Zugspitze: Been there, done that? No problem...in addition to the traditional ski areas in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, there are some even more exotic spots for adventuresome winter sport fans. In this issue of ti Sportlight, we present the most unusual ski areas of the world.

Sicily: Dance on the volcano

Go skiing on the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea? What at first sounds somewhat absurd actually harbours a special appeal for skiers. Sicily’s landmark, Mount Etna, offers the unique opportunity to ski down the slopes of Europe’s highest active volcano. A special highlight is the ocean view, which is available from almost everywhere on the mountain.

Lesotho: Ski safari

For most holiday-makers, Africa and safari go hand in hand, but have you ever been on a ski safari? In 2005, the Kingdom of Lesotho, an enclave in the Republic of South Africa fully surrounded by its neighbour country, opened the ski area Afri-Ski at an elevation of about 3000 meters. In 2010, it was host to the South African ski and snowboard championships.

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Children and Parents with a Migration Background – intercultural challenges in educational work at day-care centres

Children and Parents with a Migration Background – intercultural challenges in educational work at day-care centres

One-third of the children in Germany between the ages of under one year to five years have a migration background. Due to this fact, the integration of families and children is playing an increasingly important role in practical education at day-care centres.

Gerhard Hain, Managing Partner and a trained educator as well as an academically qualified teacher, in cooperation with Susanne Treiber, an employee at ti communication, has developed a seminar for day-care teachers in Germany. In addition to introducing a variety of cultural concepts, the seminar focuses on specific situations in the respective day-care centre.

Special attention is given to work with parents. The demands of parents with migration backgrounds toward their children continually stand in contrast to educational concepts developed in Germany. Different learning and educational goals, hierarchical family relationships, varying ideas about school education at the pre-school stage and a variety of differentiated gender roles are only a few of the points that play a role in this context.

A further critical aspect: Children have another concept of culture than parents. Employees in day-care centres and parents often try to put on their “adult cultural glasses” and, based on them, formulate culture-specific educational goals. The guiding idea of the child’s point of view leads through the entire seminar and also helps to ultimately reveal some of the problems as being uncomplicated situations.

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Intercultural Management Discussion Group

Intercultural Management Discussion Group
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The Regensburg Intercultural Management Discussion Group (RGIM) was established in 2010 at the suggestion of the Regensburg University of Applied Sciences (Ostbayrische Technische Hochschule - OTH) and ti communication with the goal of creating an interface between intercultural science and corporate practice. RGIM is meeting on a regular basis at the OTH. At these meetings selected experts in science, business, and consulting are presenting keynotes on current intercultural topics, that are discussed afterwards.

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ti communication customers are satisfied customers

ti communication customers are satisfied customers
The results of our customer satisfaction survey speak for themselves.

ti communication customers are satisfied customers and enthusiastic about our services. In December of 2012, we asked our customers to evaluate our performance. Almost 20% replied and awarded ti communication with top scores in all categories. Here is a summary of the most important results:

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Planking – trend sport or art form?

Planking – trend sport or art form?

In every newsletter issue starting now, ti sportlight will highlight sport disciplines from different cultures; some, however, bear the implicit warning: “Do not try this at home!” We look forward to receiving your comments on our blog! 

Planking is currently on the tip of everyone’s tongue – at least everyone in Australia with an Internet connection should be familiar with the term. If you are also a Facebook user, you will probably not have been able to avoid the topic. Interestingly, its beginnings can be traced to Europe, from where it spread to Down Under, where it received its current name before making its way back to Europe as planking. With a little research on the World Wide Web, you will quickly find the almost lexical explanation that planking is a meme, or type of Internet hype. Nevertheless, it is also frequently categorized as a photographic art form. In brief answer to the question of what planking is, it is photographing people who lie stiffly and horizontally, face-down and as straight as a plank, with the appropriate amount of body tension – usually in public places.  

These planking photos are spread through the Internet, especially in the Facebook social community. In the meantime, the Facebook planking group formed especially for that purpose has amassed one million fans so far – and counting. There, people discuss the latest photos, exchange experiences with the new trend or debate about the sense or nonsense of planking in general.

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Tomorrow’s Leaders - How to retain young professionals to your company

Tomorrow’s Leaders - How to retain young professionals to your company

Management trainees, whether hired externally or internally, are the potential and capital of a company. They lead the enterprise into (and in) the future. They are generally highly motivated and well-educated, have mastered new technologies and exhibit extraordinary achievements and results. They approach their leadership tasks armed with enthusiasm and new ideas.

Management trainees are usually young, many having rapidly completed a degree programme and started a career. According to a study of selected candidates, being recruited as a management trainee or “high potential” leads to a justifiable sense of pride, but also often to a feeling of being implicitly good. And if you are good, you become the benchmark!

What does it have to do with management?

Exhibiting extraordinary achievement in a field does not automatically qualify anyone to be a manager. Now, more than ever, management means the individual development of employee potential and the management of relationships, all with the goal of enabling people to achieve their full potential through cooperation in the structures and processes of your enterprise. Management trainees without management knowledge, management experience and self-reflection often treat others as they themselves would like to be treated. This benevolent yet naive management style assumes that other people in similar situations behave according to one’s own structures. However, behaving contrary to one’s own value and personality structures requires an enormous amount of effort and leads to frustration and a decline in performance, both on the part of the management trainee as well as that of his or her employees. The trainee’s initial enthusiasm often evaporates. His or her energy and eagerness for the task at hand diminish and trigger resistance.

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“Global Reach, Local Touch – How Streams of Culture are Shaping our Future”…

“Global Reach, Local Touch – How Streams of Culture are Shaping our Future”…

…was the motto at the SIETAR Europa Congress (Society of Intercultural Training and Research) from 18th to 21st September in Tallinn, Estonia. More than 300 intercultural trainers and consultants from all corners of the world met there to compare notes on new consulting and training approaches and best-practice examples from various cultures. Ti communication supported this issue by serving as one of the primary sponsors of the congress. In this regard, Gerhard Hain, managing partner of ti communication and a participant in Tallinn, stressed that it is extremely important to actively participate in the further development of existing concepts, thus enabling a more efficient and profitable use of existing know-how for our customers.

Once upon a time, intercultural training courses were the focus of conceptual development; in the meantime, consulting services are becoming more prevalent among intercultural service providers. A number of expert discussions on the fringes of the congress served as justification for ti communication in its reorientation as a consulting company. International experts are the right consultants for change, leadership and team development processes and can use their know-how to provide enterprises with targeted strategic consulting.

Today’s leading experts, including Richard Lewis, Milton Bennett, Charles Hamden-Turner, Ida Castiglioni and other lecturers, contributed to the success of the three-day event. Professor Castiglioni’s lecture on “The Mementic Constuction of Culture: Implication for Intercultural Research and Training” illustrated how culture is not able to be perceived based on the description of itself alone, but rather that it is also always a matter of self-fulfilling processes. “Human culture is both the product and the process of that selection”, was her central statement. Using the example of social media, she depicted how so-called “memes”, such as perceptions of issues, communicative behaviour or aesthetic approaches, can become part of a culture. Active participation in a culture thus becomes the object of the description of the culture itself. In cases where outdated models are insufficient, current cultural developments become the focal point.  

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DENMARK-SWEDEN: Identical twins – or Cain and Abel?

DENMARK-SWEDEN: Identical twins – or Cain and Abel?

Published in the european online newspaper presseureope.com the 18th October, the article titeled DENMARK-SWEDEN:Identical twins – or Cain and Abel? illustrates some differences and commonalities between the two northern countries focussing on immigration politics. Reading this article, I thought of the extraordinary challenges our clients meet when cooperating with Scandinavian countries. In the last months, the  demands for intercultural trainings for Skandinavia were increasing. This article below might help to see the diversity of those two neighboring countries. How do you perceive Skandinavia? Does the difference between Denmark and Sweden play a role in your daily business? Have you been posted to one of those countries? Feel free to share your experiences here or learn more about our open training courses Sweden in 2014 under the following link http://www.ticommunication.eu/de/intercultural-management/offene-trainings?training=interkulturelles-training-schweden-1

 

Few European countries are as similar as Denmark and Sweden. But while the states are becoming more economically integrated, their populations remain divided, writes a Stockholm-based Danish political scientist. Excerpts.

Drude Dahlerup

”Do you know that everything that is not forbidden in Sweden, is mandatory?” This is a joke that has been circulating in the corridors of the Danish political scene for years. Naturally, everyone knew that it wasn’t true, but it got a lot of laughs. It was part of our low-key, standard teasing between neighbours.

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