A new way to add competencies to your company
JB Cross-Cultural Consulting LLC
January 9, 2018
In a world where economic circumstances cannot be predicted, where the markets fluctuate quickly, the needs of companies can vary tremendously.
The World Wide Web has introduced a delocalization of competencies; now companies can be in touch with their employees all over the world via an Internet connection.
Yet an era of over-specialization has brought people, whose education is obsolete before they get their diploma, into the job market.
Understanding that change is permanent is one of the assets of being experienced; because one can’t last without this adaptation to changes.
So, how a virtual consultant can respond to the needs of your company:
The virtuality of this sort of consulting, allied to being bicultural (French and American) offers a modern solution to the present challenges.
JB Cross-Cultural Consulting LLC (www.bucquet.us) ,with a strong experience of more than 20 years, is open to see how to be on your side when needed.
Exacerbating differences instead of reinforcing what we share, can only lead to the ostracism and the ghettoization of thinking and potentially violent behavior.
Any policy that ignores this elementary rule is therefore demagogic and dangerous for the freedom of speech but also for any freedom for all of us.
We are all different and that is good because discovering our reciprocal differences is rewarding for each of us when we approach each other with respect and tolerance.
Thus, any religion or political organization that enrolls or preaches with pleas based on the exclusion of others, dishonors the Ideal or the God it pretends to serve.
As we all know; every country has its own values and customs, its own way of greeting each other, its own way of eating (think of Indian people eating with their hand and European people eating with a fork and a knife). Whatever you think of this way or that way of doing, it does not matter because what matters is that you respect the way of doing from people you are visiting. Especially if you want to do good business with them.
In strangers there is “strange,” and being a stranger is not knowing. To help you to know better here are some introductions to French etiquette in business. These values are not to be discussed, just respected as the fruit of a long tradition of interactions between people through history.
The First Value: Honesty
You may fool someone once, but not really more on the long term. Also technology nowadays allows people to find information about anything, anybody, quickly and almost accurately.
Think also that being honest is greatly preferable because a win-win resolution is always the best solution. So be fair, be honest.
The Second Value: Keep One’s Word
Remember this quote, “I do all what I say, even if I don’t say all what I do?” This should resume your attitude. I know that a lot of business men consider that accords and contracts are made to be broken, but not in my world. Be a “Monsieur” ou une “Madame,” not just a piece of paper. Your name is your most precious asset.
The Third Value: Humility
Being humble is a value always appreciated by French people, so you don’t need to brag or show off. Your actions will speak for yourself. Remember that the real power does not need to be displayed.
The Fourth Value: The Etiquette
“Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
Knowing the codes that drive the behavior that delineates expectation for social behavior is often one of the keys to be able to start doing business with people, and especially in France.
The fifth value: conversation
French people appreciate people able to have a real conversation and not a social chit-chat very shallow or as the Americans say a small talk. In France conversation is an art where the most important is not to show that you know everything on anything, but a fair exchange of ideas where opinions can be discussed if it is with measure and respect for others.
So here are some tips:
Some topics to avoid: