How did you come to do what you do (for a living)?
After growing up in the US, I spent three years living and working in Mexico, two years in France and more than 25 years in Japan. I started a business in Mexico, worked as a language teacher and did graduate work in intercultural communication as well as research in intercultural adaptation before I developed a career at university and in business training.
How might intercultures’ customers find you unique?
I’m a rare American who speaks multiple languages! I pride myself in understanding the inner dynamics and psychology of Japanese work environments — something that is not easy for foreigners to do in Japan.
What do you like about working with intercultures?
The high degree of professionalism and the long-term, trusting relationships that intercultures develops with its clients. Starting from that place of trust encourages open communication and makes deep learning possible.
In a global context – why do you think is your work – and our work together important?
Globalization doesn’t automatically create mutual understanding. Similarly, simply being in a foreign country doesn’t automatically make us international. Creating synergy out of diversity is hard work. It requires openness, a willingness to make mistakes and persevere, and a commitment to our highest ideals. When we manage to do this, we end up being of service to the people around us, and to the world at large.
Curious about local moves?
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