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30
Jul

Eid Mubarak from our CAI Family

Written by Mai Hegazy, CAI’s Manager of Global Destination Services  Each year on the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar, millions of Muslims flock from all over the globe to Mecca, Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj (Islamic pilgrimage), one of the largest religious gatherings around the world.  Hajj is one of the five main …

8
Jul

Is That a “Yes-Yes” or a “Yes-No”?

Many communication exchanges seem simple enough.  You state a question clearly and succinctly, “Will the reports be finished by Friday?” and the answer comes back swiftly, “Yes.”  Then, you sit empty-handed in your office on Friday afternoon, playing these eight words over and over in your mind, with confusion and frustration mounting at some of …

1
Jun

Tao po!

SANDWICHED between the mountains Banahaw and San Cristobal in the province of Quezon, Dhamma Phala, a meditation center, is surrounded by scores of coconut and mango trees and banana plants. The sky there is so blue and clear it seems as if it is possible to reach out and touch it. Nearly 50 men and …

4
May

Shhhh…Silence Across Cultures

Silence can speak volumes, but what it says is different across cultures.  Just as shared language does not imply shared meaning, shared silence does not either. Silence can be full of significance, answers, or nothing at all. It is a critical tool that impacts the rhythm of communication and its myriad implications are worth considering in …

Cultural Awareness International was featured as an expert on a podcast
28
Apr

CAI Interviewed on Propelling Mobility Podcast

Cultural Awareness International (CAI) was pleased to have our Senior Consultant, Mercedes D’Angelo, participate as a subject matter expert on a recent episode of the Propelling Mobility podcast, moderated by Tim McCarney, Vice President of Marketing at Weichert Workforce Mobility. On the podcast, Mercedes D’Angelo and Laura Levenson (Global Practice Leader with Weichert’s Advisory Services Group) …

23
Apr

Ramadan Mubarak from our CAI Family

The Holy month of Ramadan is observed by about 1.6 billion Muslims all over the world. Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is a very special time in Islam. The holy book of Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) during the month of Ramadan, hence the month is known …

9
Apr

How Cultural Differences Impact Getting Global Results in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Why are national solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic so different? And what makes some approaches more successful than others?  National and regional cultural differences are key factors that are often overlooked. By looking through four key national and regional cultural lenses, we can gain new insights into why countries are fighting the pandemic differently and …

20
Mar

CAI Recommended in Relocate Magazine for Repatriation Services

Cultural Awareness International (CAI) was pleased to be mentioned as a valuable resource in the following article written by David Sapsted in Relocate Magazine on managing the challenges that come along with repatriation. Many difficulties can exist with employees and their families when returning to and transitioning back to their country of origin. According to ...
28
Jan

Lunar New Year Part Two: Red Packets

Happy Lunar New Year 2020! A vital part of Lunar New Year celebrations is the preparing and gifting of red packets. Also known as red envelopes, lai see (Cantonese), or hongbao (Mandarin), these red packets usually contain money and are given to the important people in one’s life before the New Year begins. In the …

3
May

4 Things to Keep in Mind when Visiting a Muslim Country during Ramadan

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is the month of the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.  Muslims all over the world fast from dawn to sunset during this month in adherence to one of the Five Pillars of Islam (sawm). Ramadan officially begins after the visual confirmation of the crescent …

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