Strengthen cooperation between your local employees and Danish leaders and colleagues. Optimize communication between local subsidiaries and the Danish headquarters. And increase the efficiency and productivity of your global operations.

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Does your organization have local employees located around the world?

Danish cultural training helps your local leaders and employees maximize their performance in a Danish-based organization.

The training is relevant to e.g. leaders, middle managers, project managers, engineers, and R&D and administrative staff. It can take place when and where you need it – in Denmark and abroad at your local subsidiaries.

What are the benefits of Danish cultural training?

Your organization will have:

  • Greater efficiency and productivity in global operations
    If your local staff face challenges when collaborating with Danish colleagues and leaders, then they will learn how to tackle them. At the same time, they will learn how to fully benefit from the differences that exist between local and Danish cultures – increasing the efficiency and productivity of your global operations.
  • Strengthened communication and collaboration with Danish leaders and colleagues
    Knowledge of Denmark’s work and organizational culture will equip your local employees with the ability to communicate more consciously and effectively with Danish colleagues – and become more intuitive to their Danish leaders’ expectations. In addition, the participants will share their own experiences of cooperating with Danes – and, in doing so, develop Best Practice.
  • Improved cohesion in your global organization
    The training provides local employees with common tools and a common language to deal with situations that involve cultural differences. This will unite your global organization across national, cultural and functional boundaries – and strengthen communication and cooperation between local companies and the Danish headquarters.
  • Fewer frustrations and increased loyalty to your company
    Equipping your local employees with what they need to work in a Danish-based organization will result in fewer frustrations and increased motivation and job satisfaction. This will lead to a growing number of loyal employees and greater staff retention.
  • Visible and long-lasting results
    The participants learn before, during and after the training, and work on their own real-life challenges and cases all the way through the programme. These are some of the reasons why Danish cultural training creates visible and long-lasting results. Read more about how we ensure the training achieves its objectives.

As a participant you will:

  • Increase your cultural self-awareness – learn about your own culture first!
    Become aware of your own cultural baggage and everything you take for granted. This is essential to finding the key differences between the Danish culture and your own culture, and learning how to deal with them constructively.
  • Crack the Danish work culture code
    Understand the core values and dynamics of Danish work culture so you can safely navigate your way around it – and become aware of what your Danish colleagues and managers expect from you when you distribute tasks, make decisions, hold meetings, and work in teams.
  • Get practical advice on how to best collaborate with Danish leaders and colleagues
    Get practical advice on the best way to communicate effectively with Danes. How to handle the very direct Danish way of saying things. And how to achieve good collaboration with Danish colleagues and leaders – both locally and at your Danish headquarters.
  • Experience Aha! moments: “Now I get it!”
    Do you find that your Danish manager tries to avoid responsibility? Or do you sometimes wonder how long it’ll take to make a decision? Find out why Danes behave the way they do, so you can adapt your own behavior accordingly to achieve greater success in Danish work culture.
  • Discuss your specific projects and challenges 
    Get advice on the projects and challenges you’re dealing with from trainers who have experienced Danish culture for themselves – from both sides, and who typically have hands-on knowledge of the local culture as well. Meet our trainers here.
  • Acquire tools that will make you more effective in all types of global work
    The training will equip you with practical tools that are not only useful in your collaboration with Danes, but in all tasks where you work cross-culturally. They are simple and easy to use. Whether you’re online or offline, whether you have to prepare for one meeting or long-term collaboration – they will always be close at hand. See one of them here.

C3 applies a unique training-concept, which very quickly enhances the cultural self-awareness and the interest in the collaborating country and its people – regardless of the employee’s own culture.

Tatjana Harttung, Director, Global People Development, Human Resources, Sauer-Danfoss ApS

Practicalities about Danish cultural training

We start by identifying your Danish cultural training needs and then design a programme within the framework that you have set out.

We define the training’s target audience, duration, learning objectives, content, and time and place in close cooperation with you. The training (face-to-face or virtual) can be anything from a single half-day workshop to a longer programme of 1-2 full-day modules – depending on the results you want to achieve.

We can conduct the training either in Denmark or at your local sites in e.g. China, India, Brazil, Russia or the USA.

The training is always customized – not just for your organization, but for each and every participant. And we can weave your corporate culture and values into the training too. Here are some examples of what we can work on.

Typically, we cover the following:

  • Cultural awareness starts with self-awareness
  • Practical cultural models, e.g. the ‘4R Model’ and the ‘Cultural Investigator’
  • Key differences between Danish culture and the participants’ own culture – and how these differences can present opportunities for innovation
  • Communication: Differences between high- and low-context cultures; face-to-face and virtual communication (e.g. email, chat, telephone and videoconference); meetings and negotiations; managing differences in language; body language
  • Danish management structure: What are your Danish manager’s needs and expectations? How are tasks and responsibilities shared? How are decisions made? What does ‘taking the initiative’ mean?
  • The Danish-based organization’s unwritten rules: Teamwork and knowledge sharing; learning from mistakes; feedback; meeting times and agreements
  • Relationships with your Danish colleagues: Are they important? And how can you create good relationships with Danes?
  • Handling misunderstandings, disagreements and conflicts with Danish managers and colleagues
  • Your specific projects, cases and questions

We can also work on:

  • Danish society – and how this affects the Danish organization: History, politics, economics, religion and values
  • Understanding what drives your Danish colleagues: Work-life balance and family life; education and career; the Danish welfare system; Danish ideals of equality and 'Jante’s Law'; free time and the Danish concept of ‘hygge’
  • Danish humor and irony
  • Danish self-awareness: How do Danes perceive their own and other cultures? How to respond when your colleagues insist that 'the Danish way' of doing things is always best?
  • How can you optimize communication and collaboration with the Danish headquarters and other global subsidiaries?   
  • Visiting Denmark: How can you get the most out of your stay?
  • Culture and values in your company, department or team

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