Americans are shallow…

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, by Eliane Karsaklian

At least, this is what the French think. Case in point: “You arrive there and everyone treats you like an old friend. They talk to people they have never seen before; they ask you how you are doing today? And everything about you is awesome, amazing and outstanding. At first, you think they are laughing […]


Why Pet Owners are Better International Negotiators

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, by Eliane Karsaklian

One of the main issues in international negotiation is potential misunderstandings caused by communication gaps. Because communication is rooted in different languages, different habits, and different rules, we often find it difficult to communicate with people from other cultures. Interestingly, most people are able to communicate with animals. Cats, dogs, hamsters, horses and so many […]


He Who Knows Everything

Monday, March 7, 2016, by Eliane Karsaklian

The guy had all figured out. He knew about business and he knew about culture. If you told him something he already (thought he) knew, he wouldn’t listen to you and made it a point to show how bored he was when listening to you. If you said something he didn’t know, he would disagree […]


How to Be an Amazing International Business Leader

Thursday, February 11, 2016, by Eliane Karsaklian

Managing and leading culturally diverse teams has been a challenge for leaders worldwide for decades because leadership is not practiced the same way across cultures. Leadership is based on values, as are cultures. International leaders should not only know about national cultural values but also, and mainly, about diverse corporate values. Converging values are needed […]


Culture Clash: Please, get me out of here!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, by Eliane Karsaklian

After boarding a flight from Paris to Doha, I found myself alone in my row. A Frenchman was sitting alone in the row in front of me and a Frenchwoman sat alone in the row just behind me. Almost all passengers had already boarded and I was thinking that I would have all three seats in my row […]