Intercultural Competences

Intercultural Competences

An organization’s cultural diversity is its source of innovation. Cultural diversity inspires collaboration and holds great potential for new business opportunities and organic growth. At the same time, cultural diversity also challenges employers, managers, and leaders because it entails that employees have different perceptions of procedures and hierarchies. The key to unfolding the full potential of a culturally diverse staff is intercultural competence. We at Anaphora have broad experience in intercultural competence training in international organizations and turn your multicultural staff into one agile entity.

Developing Intercultural Competences

Multicultural staff hold great potential for an organization. Research has shown that cultural diversity enhances innovation and team productivity from within. To embrace this potential, a team needs to be sensitized and trained to understand cultural differences and turn them into strengths. This is possible when precise communication is given despite the coexistence of different cultures and languages. Intercultural competences are therefore among today’s most important soft skills. They are based on the skill of understanding different perspectives and procedures, reacting competently, and using diversity to the team’s advantage. These skills come with experience and the right mindset, and they can be learned and trained in workshops. For teams to become agile, innovative, and productive.

Leading Multicultural Teams

In international Switzerland, leaders face increased challenges. Multicultural and multilingual teams have a variety of different perceptions of collaboration, hierarchies, and communication. For example, how are tasks, proposals, or feedback best communicated in multicultural teams? Interculturally competent leaders communicate with precision, embrace diversity, and use it to enhance the team’s spirit and productivity.

Cultural Coaching for Expats

Expats have become an integral part of many innovative and international companies. At the same time, Switzerland counts as an unpopular destination for expats world-wide because integration here is hampered by cultural and linguistic challenges that make it difficult to build meaningful relationships (Expat Insider 2020). The right communicative and intercultural competences, however, make it possible to resolve these challenges and turn the relocation to Switzerland into an enrichment for employers and expats alike.

Our Experts

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Dr. Danae Perez

Ethnologist and Linguist

Danae Perez is a versatile language expert with vast experience in both research as well as the corporate world and a contagious passion for languages and people. She holds a PhD in linguistics and specializes in intercultural and interdisciplinary communication. She has been teaching adults in the area of intercultural competences for two decades and advises companies, charities, NGOs, and educational institutions. Danae Perez has the rare gift of quickly grasping the essence of a message and putting it into the right words to facilitate communication between people, cultures, and disciplines.

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Dayron Carrillo-Morell

Interculturality Expert

Dayron Carillo-Morell is a cultural scientist with experience in adult education, cultural management, and marketing. He advises clients regarding cultural challenges and teaches courses in intercultural communication and collaboration in the area of migration. In addition, he engages in journalistic projects and publishes articles and podcasts with international teams. Thanks to his broad experience in different sectors and countries, he knows the challenges of intercultural communication and migration first-hand and from different perspectives, and he is very much aware of the situation of minorities.

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Mauro Moretto

Managing Director