About This Week’s GuestSundae Schneider-Bean

Sundae Bean

Sundae Bean is an executive coach, intercultural specialist and trainer.

She supports organizations by helping their employees and the accompanying families live well and work successfully across cultures – without losing their sense of adventure.

She is American by birth, Swiss by marriage and an expat in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso by choice.

Her three tips to become more culturally competent are:

  1. Understand what your own cultural values are. You need to understand them first in order to make sense of what the “other” is doing.
  2. Get curious about the other culture(s). Ask yourself if it is really true what you think, feel, see, and/or experience?
  3. Make sure you are well balanced. What I mean with this is that you need to be physically healthy and well rested, because experiencing intense cultural differences can take not only a mental toll, but also a physical toll.

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Chris Smit

I'm passionate about Cultural Difference. I have been helping organizations save time and money when they work Internationally for the last 19 years. I have had the fortunate opportunity to hold lectures, workshops, and consulting projects on this subject World Wide. It has made me understand my own culture much better, and appreciate the differences around the world.
I have a Master's Degree in Organisational Psychology and have lived in the USA, the Netherlands and, currently, in Belgium.
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Chris Smit
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