Intercultural Consulting

Intercultural Consulting

Intercultural consulting is for businesspeople who get involved with counterparts from abroad with differing mindsets, values, working styles, and relationship patterns.

Consultants provide effective guidance because, nowadays, much is known about the differences among cultures and the skills one needs to work productively across culures.

Owned and operated by an interculturalist and an anthropologist, GROVEWELL has been a provider of intercultural consulting worldwide for 30 years.

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Intercultural Consulting and Global Business Effectiveness

Is there any large organization whose success is not dependent, at least in part, on the quality of the relationships its leaders maintain with colleagues and customers from unfamiliar backgrounds? Such differences often are framed in terms of national cultures, but they also can involve ethnicity, gender, age – indeed, any factor that leads to conflicting behavior patterns.

The profession of intercultural consulting originally focused on variations among national cultures. But the competencies interculturalists developed are applicable to a wide range of situations in which people with deeply held differences must cooperate to attain shared objectives.

Grovewell's Contributions to Intercultural Consulting

GROVEWELL’s associates, based in six continents, have lived and worked outside of their native cultures and have significant experience as leaders in large global businesses. Almost all are bilingual; many are multilingual. They have learned through experience to become effective intercultural communicators. And they are supported by the research field of Intercultural Communication, founded in 1959.

Whether as intercultural consultants, training facilitators, or global leadership coaches, GROVEWELL’s associates know that the most effective methods to help others gain intercultural communication competence are

  • to focus on a culture’s intangible features – assumptions, values, expectations, patterns of behavior, mindsets, etc. – far more than its material and visible features;
  • to emphasize their client's development of cultural self-knowledge as much as knowledge of the unfamiliar features of their counterparts' culture; and
  • to insure that their client begins to acquire qualities and competencies that facilitate cross-cultural relationship-building, and is able to continue acquiring them.
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