To me, the boundaries between being a public speaker, an inspirator, an adviser, and a consultant are fluid, but in this section I will present the essence of the tasks I have carried out for some of Denmark’s biggest companies in the last ten years.
The essence of my work within companies has always been to make people aware of some of their blind spots, notions, preferred truths, and stagnated assumptions that stand in their way of optimizing their cooperation with others, because it stands in the way of their respecting and understanding the people they are working with who are not similar to themselves.
This work has primarily been about translation between – and insight into – cultures of different nationalities in my years as an employee and a partner in various consulting firms.
But it could also be about seeing the differences between genders that appear in a work place, or the challenges of having humanists or other academics working in a traditional manufacturing company.
Overall, it is about opening your eyes to how others are different from you, teaching you what that means for your work relations, and finding out how to agree on a common course. This is what I describe in my book ”Cultural Intelligence for Stone-Age Brains” as, respectively, Mapping, Cultural Awareness and Bridging.
Below, under the headlines: “Specific Cultures” and “Cooperation across Cultural Boundaries”, you will find examples of the typical tasks I have carried out for different companies. I always attempt to customize my work to suit my customers’ agendas and situations, while executing it in a simple and relevant way – with a minimum of consultant BS and other empty jargon.
I believe that information, guidance, and rock solid practical knowledge is what my customers need. Not empty management talk, self-invented concepts or models that lead nowhere, or grandiose golden promises. I believe that the customers know what they want and don’t need to be sold all kinds of things that they don’t need, just because the consultant wants to sell them.
I do not accept tasks for which I am not qualified, or for that matter, have an interest in.