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A Cross-Cultural Approach to Learning and Teaching

Just as many professionals buy into a myth that ‘since we are all professionals, there are no cultural differences,’ many international students or even corporate learners and trainers working across cultures may believe that learning and teaching or facilitating has a global flavor. I can tell you from the experience of being a US expat […]

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Preferring Start Ups in India over the Big 10 IT Service Providers

Anyone who has heard anything about the Indian IT outsourcing world has heard of the big 10 IT outsourcers which include high stakes players such as Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Accenture, Wipro, Cognizant, and Infosys. A recent Business Standard article, Indian IT firms face uphill task for new contracts up for rebid, also reflected on […]

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Minimize Cross-Cultural Risk Factors in Offshore Outsourcing

Do you know that cross-cultural factors impact productivity and overall outcome of the delivery in offshore outsourced projects? Listen to the video above to learn about some of the top cross-cultural mishaps that impact Indian businesses interacting with American clients, counterparts and colleagues. The tips and remedies you are looking forward to hearing more about […]

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Build US Client Base (For Companies in India)

“Americans are more willing to take risks, more open to new ideas and may be willing to spend more money than in other markets.” Said by a CEO of a startup company in India, these are some of the reasons Indians prefer to do business with Americans over Canadians and even Europeans. Let’s take a […]

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Synonyms for Delayed

Are you guilty of using or overusing the following types of sentences? “Sorry for the delayed response.”  “I missed the mail, hence the delay.”  “The P.O. has been approved. It was because of the holiday [in Bangalore] that the payment got delayed.”    The word ‘delay’ is commonly used in business communication in Kerala, India. […]

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Indian to American English Translations

All Englishes are not the same! In some U.S. culture and business English training programs, we look at different uses of English terms between the U.S. and India. While the Indian to American English translations and sentence examples in this post were written by participants of our training programs in India, American team members can […]

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2022: US & India Holidays

Need for this Calendar   This calendar will be useful for Indians and Americans working on distributed, global teams with multiple offices in India or in the US. As India is a diverse country which celebrates different holidays in different parts of the country, this calendar mainly focuses on: India-wide Government Holidays Kerala Holidays Select South Indian […]

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Veterans Day: A Patriotic Day in the US

Veterans Day is a public holiday held on the anniversary of the end of World War I (November 11) to honor US veterans and victims of all wars. It replaced Armistice Day in 1954. How does Veterans Day impact global teams? Let’s see.    What is Veterans Day?  This short video made by the History […]

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Talking About Politics: Dos and Don’ts in the USA

In Small Talk training programs in India, Indian professionals are divided on whether or not talking about politics is acceptable at work. While my personal experience as an American working in India has shown me in general that Indians are more comfortable talking about politics at work, there are definitely certain people, even in India, […]

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My Clock Didn’t Change for Fall Back – What Happens?

Most people’s phones automatically change the time during the daylight time saving season, however other clocks need to be manually changed. There are times even my clock didn’t change for fall back – and I get a bit anxious if it did or not and would I be late or early if I have the […]

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