United States

USA

Succeed in your international assignment in the US

Who Should Attend?

Employees preparing for an assignment in the United States and their partners

Benefits of Attendance

This seminar aims at significantly improving the ability of the participants to meet the challenges of living and working abroad. The objective is to enable them to identify the stumbling blocks that lie ahead and to be able to adapt and integrate in the United States.

At the end of this training, participants will have acquired insights and techniques to help them to:

  • Be aware of their own cultural baggage
  • Understand American context the culture
  • Analyse situations in which misunderstandings may arise and identify ways of communicating more effectively
  • Reduce and manage the symptoms of culture shock
  • Understand American mindset, work practices, decision-making processes and negotiating styles
  • Strike the right balance between personal et professional lives

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What’s more?

  • Innovative and effective online tools:
    • Nomad’ Profile®: Cultural Profile, Comparison tool, Country Packs
    • Nomad’ Network®: preparing & following the training
  • Intercultural approach about international mobility
  • Theoretical as practical and concrete approach
  • Personalized action plan for the whole family

Programme outline

Module 1

Successful personal integration in the United States

  1. Cross-cultural awareness : the key to a successful expatriation
    1. Taking stock of one’s own cultural baggage
    2. Culture shock and the integration process
    3. Identifying and going beyond cultural stereotypes
  1. Key aspects of American culture
    1. A massive, multicultural and multilingual country
    2. The pioneering spirit, the War of Independence and the American dream
    3. The religious factor: A sense of belonging to a community
    4. A federal state and federated states: the balance of power in the States
    5. The economic and social challenges facing the world’s largest economy
  1. American values and behaviour patterns
    1. The WASP culture: a founding standard
    2. The Self-Made Man and the Bill of Rights : freedom always comes first!
    3. The many faces of the American woman
    4. “Time is money”
    5. Categorising and simplifying to facilitate understanding
    6. The team spirit and a love of competition
    7. Mobility as a lifestyle
  1. Practical day-to-day information
    1. Focus on the host town or city
    2. Transport, administration and housing: high-quality infrastructure
    3. Health and insurance: a system based on private cover
    4. Leisure activities, a wealth of possibilities
    5. Schools, extracurricular activities, sport

Module 2

Successful professional integration in the United States

  1. The American corporate world
    1. Free competition is the bedrock of American entrepreneurialism
    2. Multinationals and small businesses: different management methods
    3. The paradigms of working efficiently: planning, efficiency, responsiveness
    4. The remote role of the State and the authorities
  1. Effective communication with the Americans
    1. Public and private life: two frequently overlapping areas
    2. Frank, direct communication: say what you do and do what you say
    3. Filling the gaps: a fear of silence
    4. Language in the workplace: the special characteristics
  1. Working with American teams
    1. Managing in the United States: encouraging responsibility among staff
    2. The key attributes of an American manager: firm, pragmatic and attentive
    3. Encouraging creativity and ever-greater performance
    4. Conflict resolution: constructive criticism, humour and detachment
  1. Successful meetings and negotiations with the Americans
    1. Planning actions and activities, identifying the decision-makers
    2. Guaranteeing personal credibility: effective time and deadline management
    3. Understanding the terms of a contract.
    4. Planning and organising the future
  1. Final handy tips
    1. Caution, patience, humility
    2. Protocol and etiquette, social behaviour, dress code, business cards, gifts
    3. A puritanical mindset
    4. Adapting your humour to the circumstances and the people present

Training options

Training options

You may attend this course as an individual or as part of a group. We will discuss the content, the date and the location of the course with you beforehand to ensure it meets your personal preferences.

Please contact your account manager, Anne Marie van Schaik:

  1. by phone +31 20 8208639
  2. or by filling in this form and we will contact you.

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