Training and Consultancy

 

Doing business abroad

You might already conduct some business in other European countries or elsewhere in the world, exporting or importing goods, services or funds, relocating some of your activities, acquiring provider's or distributor's chains, running a local subsidiary or just looking for business. Your turnover might have been slowly increasing over the last few years, or you want to consolidate your position in a certain market, or explore other markets that are less sensitive to the current recession.

Gaining a thorough knowledge and understanding of context, particular characteristics and background of the host culture is critical for developing and improving positive, productive business relationships with your foreign counterparts. Doing so will also enable you to take stock of your own cultural baggage, and recognize differences when doing business with your counterparts abroad. Bridging the gap between both cultures will ensure you avoid past major errors and misunderstandings that are likely to happen when not prepared. This will give you the confidence and lack of stress you need to do business with your counterpart.

Knowing how to approach a stakeholder, plan your appointments, attend meetings, act and react in negotiations, cope with deadlines, these are a few of the tools, essential to conducting your business properly, and which you will be provided with if you choose the support of A V A N C E .

During a diagnostic consultancy, A V A N C E will determine together with you the most appropriate training format to answer your needs and allow your business opportunities abroad to run smoothly and to be more effective.

Living and working in France

You have just arrived in France and you are wondering how to integrate into French society, where your international assignment has brought you to live, on your own or with your family, for the next months or years.

Understanding the norms and values of the French, their historical background, their living habits, the crucial role of relationships, will make your transition to living and working in their country much smoother and more effective. Comparing them to your own culture will enable you to manage the daily cross-cultural challenges during your stay in France, and ensure the success of your assignment.

We provide both you and your family with information, training and consultancy, since their well being is an important part of your support. Their comfort in your new living environment is essential to your own comfort and a basis from which you can deal with the challenges in your working environment.

During a diagnostic consultancy, A V A N C E will determine together with you the most appropriate training format to answer your needs and to allow your transition to France to be smoother and more effective.

Doing business in France

Situated at the western edge of the Eurasian continent, France is a nation that takes immense pride in its history and prominent culture. Such cultural identities play a crucial role in French business culture, where appropriate conduct, mutual trust and understanding are the key to your organisation's success.

Gaining a thorough knowledge and understanding of these characteristics and background is critical for developing positive, productive business relationships with French counterparts. Doing so will also enable you to take stock of your own cultural baggage, and recognize the differences when doing business with the French. Bridging the gap between both cultures will ensure that you avoid the major errors and misunderstandings that are likely to happen when you are not prepared. This will give you the confidence and lack of stress you need to do business with your counterpart.

Knowing how to promote a cooperative atmosphere, plan your appointments, attend meetings, act and react in negotiations, cope with deadlines, these are some of the tools, essential to conducting your business properly, and which you will be provided with if you choose the support of A V A N C E.

During a diagnostic consultancy, A V A N C E will determine together with you the most appropriate training format to answer your needs and allow your business opportunities in France to run more smoothly and be more effective.

Living and working in the Netherlands

With one of the highest population densities in the world and close proximity to many of Europe's largest population centres, the Netherlands are ideally situated for foreign business endeavours.

An international assignment in the Netherlands can be challenging, however, as you try to adapt to and understand the social subtleties of Dutch culture. Understanding the norms and values of the Dutch and their historical background will make your transition to living and working in the Netherlands much smoother and more effective. Comparing them to your own culture will enable you to manage the daily cross-cultural challenges during your stay in the Netherlands, and ensure the success of your assignment.

We provide both you and your family with information, training and consultancy since their well being is an important part of your support. Their comfort in the Netherlands is your own comfort and a basis from which you can deal with the challenges in your working environment.

During a diagnostic consultancy, A V A N C E will determine together with you the most appropriate training format to answer your needs and allow your transition to the Netherlands to be smoother and more effective.

Doing business with the Dutch

Although The Netherlands is a progressive country accustomed to doing business with international companies, Dutch business culture is unique and based largely upon cultural values and traditions specific to the Netherlands. Gaining a thorough knowledge and understanding of the context, particular characteristics and background is critical for developing positive, productive business relationships with Dutch counterparts.

Doing so will enable you to take stock of your own cultural baggage, and recognize the differences when doing business with the Dutch. Bridging the gap between both cultures will ensure you avoid the major errors and misunderstandings that are likely to happen when you are not prepared. This will give you the confidence and lack of stress you need to approach your counterpart.

Knowing how to promote a friendly atmosphere, use humor, attend meetings, act and react in negotiations, cope with deadlines, these are some of the tools essential to conducting your business properly, and which you will be provided with if you choose the support of A V A N C E .

During a diagnostic consultancy, A V A N C E will determine together with you the most appropriate training format to answer your needs and allow your business opportunities in the Netherlands to run more smoothly and be more effective.

Cultural diversity management

Developing a vision of cultural diversity is essential to implementing such a policy in detail, and taking action to make it reality.

Globalisation and migrations have a great influence on communication, human resource management, service delivery and internal organisation within a company or institution. Understanding and coping with other cultures is possible when you can put your own culture in perspective, be open to other norms and values, build commitment and be flexible with different people and personalities.
Cultural diversity management enables you to use the powerful tools of invention and innovation through increasing the synergy available amongst your human capital and attracting new groups of customers by knowing their needs.

Through training and consulting, A V A N C E will support your efforts to optimise the benefits of cultural diversity within your company, subsidiary, institution, organization or community.

Promoting diversity in your company is nowadays one of the greatest assets in improving the ethics of your company culture.

Language training

Doing business, living and working in a foreign country is a challenge. To meet the people and integrate into your new cultural environment, the local language is an essential tool for communicating with people that may not speak one of the languages you have mastered.

You may have learnt some basics of this language before, used it during holidays, or just be able to read it and understand, capture the global message of what has been said, but just feel lost because you just cannot give the answer you might be expected to give.

To get to grips with a language quickly, A V A N C E provides you with the tailormade training programme you may need, adapted to your own level, wishes, learning profile and specific needs.

During a diagnostic consultancy, A V A N C E will determine your level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Learning, Teaching and Assessment (CEFR). We will then discuss the most appropriate training format with you to fulfill your wishes and answer your needs in order to allow your stay in your new cultural environment to go smoothly and be more effective.