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Why It’s Important to Explore Your Own and Your Global Colleagues’ Perception of Time

Read the following quotes from two global employees:

1) Employee with an Argentine background – about his experience in a Danish workplace:

I’ve learned the hard way that if I want to invite my Danish colleagues to a 'spontaneous' afternoon beer, then it should preferably be planned three weeks in advance!


2) Employee with a Danish background – about her experience in an Argentine workplace:

I’ve realized that if I call people to a meeting for 10:00 am, then everyone might show up by 10:30 am – or even later!


Consider which of the two employees you relate to the most.

Then that’s your clue as to whether your understanding of time is primarily linear – also called "monochrome" (like the Danish employee) or flexible – also called "polychrome" (like the Argentine employee).

It’s really useful knowledge to have when working with colleagues or business partners who may have a different perception of time to you.

Watch the video below and find out why (or click here, if you prefer to watch the video directly on YouTube).

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