Leave, PTO, Days Off, Holidays, Vacations in 2021

India & US Holiday Calendar 2020 (2019 holidays – USA — India) 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, […]

Mistakes US Clients Make in Virtual Meetings

Regardless of location, [percieved] status, or any other factor, our global colleagues make mistakes in meeting facilitation as so many of us have not been trained in best practices. In this post, I’d like to talk about mistakes US clients make in virtual meetings with solutions. The reason I’d like to focus on mistakes made […]

Improve Work from Home Presence

Improve Work from Home Presence This webinar will address how to keep the trust and confidence of your North American colleagues while working at home for the first time. About this Event COVID-19 has forced many office workers to move to working from home. This is a new, unfamiliar experience for many employees, who are […]

Fun At Work During CoVid WFH Lockdown: Advenser

Though we aren’t physically meeting in an office, it IS still possible to have fun “at work” when working from home (WFH). Many of the companies Authentic Journeys has worked with or knows in India are making this happen through virtual group activities. In this FIRST post (Wooo-hoooo), I wanted to share a few virtual […]

Articles on Cross-Cultural Business Topics

Looking to read some articles on cross-cultural business topics with high-ranked keywords? Look no further! Authentic Journeys Blog SEO Keyword Rankings  This page tallies results ONLY for May 2020.  (See July 2020 Updates)  Thank you everyone for your support over the years!    1. Keyword string: “daylight savings will i be late or early” This […]

Encourage Indian Teams to Participate in Stand-up Meetings

Uncovering ways to encourage Indian teams to participate in standup meetings is one of the areas that we shine. One of the concerns some of those who work with Indians who are not familiar with India wonder is, “How fluent are Indians in English, and will they speak up during meetings?”    Teams I tend […]

Confidently Drive Client Meetings (When It’s New to You)

Now that we are all working from home, with team members and managers also working from their respective homes, there may be times when you may need to conduct client meetings without their participation or direction. Normally, you are in the office with your team. Normally, you see your team everyday, face to face. Normally, […]

How to Start a Chat with a US American Person

Do you want to start an online chat with a US American?  Recently, a few of my friends in the US who weren’t familiar with Indian culture reached out to me with this concern, “A few people from India reached out to me to be my Facebook friend.. but why are they asking me if […]

Everyone Gets Heard During StandUp Meetings

Have you ever struggled with having all the team members speak up during a standup? Ensuring everyone gets heard during standup meetings can be a harrowing task for many reasons.  Helping make virtual team meetings more productive Distributed teams attend stand up meetings by web conferencing, con-call or other online collaborative tools. These meetings can be attended […]

How Fall Back Impacts Meetings Between India and the USA

“Fall back” happens on the first Sunday of November. During this time most Americans “gain an hour.” If you work with Americans from India, your meeting times will be moved ahead for one hour. Although your US client will be meeting you at 9am EST before or after the end of daylight saving time, you […]

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