A Quick Guide to Romanian Culture – TIME and SPACE

It seems I owe you an explanation. I left you on a cliffhanger, but not for long. Just testing your loyalty. 🙂 So, let us pick up where we left off. What is the Romanians' relationship with TIME and SPACE? In Romanian culture, as in many other high-context, multi-active (Latin) cultures, time is flexible. Objectives … Continue reading A Quick Guide to Romanian Culture – TIME and SPACE

A Quick Guide to Romanian Culture – INTRODUCTION

Ah, culture!... That vague concept, so hard to pinpoint. What is it, really? Is it a concert? A book? A Picasso painting? Is it everything humans have ever created? Is it the opposite of nature? For the purposes of this blog, CULTURE is the shared worldview, mindset, and behaviors of a particular community of human … Continue reading A Quick Guide to Romanian Culture – INTRODUCTION

A Few Fact-Checking Tips

We are living through strange, polarized times and research shows that people are increasingly relying on the Internet and social media to keep themselves informed. The only problem with that: how does one decide which information to trust and which to discard? For starters, a basic rule of thumb is to check the credibility of … Continue reading A Few Fact-Checking Tips

SPOKEN DISCOURSE: How Do We Know What They Mean?

Welcome back and a happy, healthy New Year to all! Knowing what people actually mean is one of the most fascinating quandaries in verbal communication, and one that has preoccupied linguists, psychologists, philosophers, and cultural theorists the world over. Decoding information accurately is essential for proper understanding, so it is no wonder that we now … Continue reading SPOKEN DISCOURSE: How Do We Know What They Mean?

Cultural dimensions and their implications: “High context”

You've probably heard it said before: Germany is a low-context culture. But what does that mean? The terms "low-context" and "high-context" were coined by American anthropologist Edward T. Hall. In low-context cultures, people attribute less importance to context. Low-context cultures are explicit, clear, textual cultures, which derive meaning from the actual words on the page, … Continue reading Cultural dimensions and their implications: “High context”

5 Reasons the Romanian anti-Covid campaign failed – A quick communications audit

As someone who's been plagued by chronic respiratory ailments, and an emigrĂ©e with very strong ties to the motherland, I have kept a close eye on the Romanian anti-Covid vaccination campaign. My feelings about it went from the initial awe at the exceptional logistical organization with its fast and effective roll-out, to downright dismay when, … Continue reading 5 Reasons the Romanian anti-Covid campaign failed – A quick communications audit

Your social media feed and the snow job technique

Motto: "Indignation is still bondage."Bertrand Russell In negotiation, there is a hardball technique called "the snow job", which consists of flooding the other party with so much information as to overwhelm them and make it nearly impossible to sift through it all. The consequence? The other party will no longer be able to tell which … Continue reading Your social media feed and the snow job technique

Cultural dimensions and their implications – “Femininity”

What is culture? Simply put, culture is a set of beliefs, values, social norms, attitudes and behaviors acquired and reinforced through socialization. In Geert Hofstede's seminal book "Cultures and Organizations - Software of the Mind" there are 5 major dimensions of culture: Power distanceIndividualism vs. collectivismUncertainty avoidance indexMasculinity vs. femininityLong-term vs. short-term orientation Later on, … Continue reading Cultural dimensions and their implications – “Femininity”

RUMÄNIEN – EINE GEBRAUCHSANLEITUNG fĂŒr deutsche Tourist*innen, Manager*innen und AusgebĂŒrgerte (Teil III)

Kurz, knapp und aktuell. Was deutsche Tourist*innen, AusgebĂŒrgerte oder Manager*innen im Auslandseinsatz in RumĂ€nien erwarten können (im Vergleich zum deutschen Kulturstandard) und ein paar mögliche LösungsansĂ€tze (natĂŒrlich ohne GewĂ€hr, denn jeder Mensch ist anders 😉 ): Fatalismus, Glaube als BewĂ€ltigungsmechanismus in einem sehr instabilen UmfeldOrthodoxie + LatinitĂ€t + Balkanismus>> Versuchen Sie, die Vergangenheit und die … Continue reading RUMÄNIEN – EINE GEBRAUCHSANLEITUNG fĂŒr deutsche Tourist*innen, Manager*innen und AusgebĂŒrgerte (Teil III)

Doing business in Germany?

In business, time is money. Or so they say. In some parts of the world, at least. But time and planning and some of the most important aspects of doing business in Germany, which is a cautious and long-term oriented culture. I was reminded of this today, when I had to do a bit of … Continue reading Doing business in Germany?