Our programs move beyond basic cultural awareness, recognising that Cultural Intelligence is a crucial capability for today’s global workforce.

Cultural Training Asia is a training division of Developing Global Leaders.

In global organisations, cross-cultural skills are not an add-on. They must become part of our normal way of working; embedded into the way we lead, organise and collaborate. Our programs use practical business tools for understanding the impact of cultural differences on work behaviours, and processes for developing new ways of working together. Programs include mobility/relocation, virtual communication, regional & global effectiveness, and leading across borders.

Cultural competence

We offer various cultural programs:

Working across cultures: Developing cross-cultural competence

Working in an international environment with different nationalities requires effective cross-cultural communication skills. Our ‘Working across cultures’ programs develop cross-cultural awareness and competence for employees working with different cultures across borders or locally.

Local multicultural offices: Effective communication in the office

In a growing number of organisations there are multiple nationalities working in the same office location. Our programs aim to help internal interactions become more effective, and create greater understanding and a more harmonious working environment.

Leading multicultural, global teams

As a leader you want the best performance from your team. You need to be able to shift your style according to the different cultures you are working with. The ‘Leading multicultural, global teams’ programs develop global leadership skills and can be tailored to your organisations’ cultural diversity.

Short-term and long-term (expatriate) international assignments and global projects: Country, or region specific mobility and relocation training

Whether the employee is on a short-term project abroad or a multiple-year expatriate assignment, it is essential that s/he can interact with her/his stakeholders in an effective way. Our programs help employees and their families prepare for the cross-cultural challenges of their role as well as support them during their adjustment period. Programs include: Successful assignments in Singapore, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Australia, India, Southeast Asia, APAC, Asia.

Developing local employees

Expatriates need to learn about local employees, but if we want to increase overall effectiveness, local employees also need to learn about the behaviour and communication styles of expatriates. Our programs support local employees to work successfully with expatriates coming from different cultures.

Cross-cultural competence for induction programs

It is important that all employees be culturally aware and competent, and this can begin right from induction. Options include preparing written materials for the induction package, adding a cultural interpretation of company values, or providing brief cultural training as a part of the induction program.

Cultural coaching for global success

An international career or a job with international responsibilities requires additional business skills. By addressing the ‘usual’ leadership issues as well as cross-cultural challenges we assist our clients to thrive in the international work environment. This program is a mix of coaching and knowledge input.

Assessments: Cross-Cultural Competence and Global Mindset

Is your international assignee (expatriate) well-suited and prepared for their assignment? Would you like to know whether your senior executives or high potentials have a global mindset? Our assessments will help you identify strengths and potential areas for development. Based on the results we help individuals design their developmental plans.

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Virtual effectiveness
Programs include:
High performing international & virtual teams

Many employees need to communicate across cultures and different time zones using various forms of technology. Our ‘High performing international teams’ programs focus on the managerial, cultural and technological aspects of international team work.

Effective international meetings

In international meetings there is often an imbalance in terms of participation, idea sharing and decision-making. Our ‘Effective international meetings’ programs enhance the effectiveness and the participation level of these meetings by sharing key cultural insights and group meeting techniques.

Effective global emails

The most commonly used communication tool is email. While it can be efficient, it also represents a potential minefield for misunderstanding. Our short programs help create more clear and effective communication via emails going across cultures. Please see our advice The Culture Key: Global Email.

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Cultural consulting
We can assist your organisation with...
M&A cultural integration

Our programs cover three critical areas in the management of the cultural integration that follows M&As, joint ventures and the formation of many other alliances:

  • Diagnosis: Assessment of the compatibility of organisational and national cultures
  • Development and Execution: Preparing and implementing solutions to pre-empt and/or to solve conflict situations. A very important part of this is the Communication Plan
  • Results and the Way Forward: Ongoing support
Cultural Audit – Turning cultural diversity into competitive advantage

Cultural diversity can bring new ideas, problem solving techniques, flexibility and versatility to our workplace. These benefits can however turn into challenges and conflict situations when they are not well managed.  Through our Cultural Audit we help your organisation assess how you can create a culturally competent organisation.

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Online cultural coaching and training
Virtual services

In order to provide the cultural support when it’s most needed, we also offer virtual coaching and training. These services include:

  • Virtual relocation/ mobility programs for international assignments
  • On-demand cultural coaching
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Culture 101 Train The Trainer
Develop your own staff to become cultural facilitators

In this program we train HR and talent professionals to facilitate cultural awareness and competence programs within their own organisations.

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Cultural Awareness Assessment:
GlobeSmart

GlobeSmart allows us to measure your cultural orientation on five cultural dimensions, including 1. individual and group orientation, 2. status and equality orientation, 3. direct and indirect communication, 4. your approach to risk and 5. preference for task completion and/ or relationship building. You can then compare your own results with selected cultures’. This will help decide where you may need to adjust your communication style so that you will be effective and successful in your cross-cultural interactions. 

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