CrossCultural

Swiss culture with focus on Swiss-German culture


Content

After a detailed introduction to general cultural issues, this training focuses specifically on Swiss culture. It is designed for everyone who works with Switzerland or in Switzerland. Insofar, this seminar is also valuable for Swiss professionals who work in an international environment as the first step towards intercultural competence is to recognise one’s own cultural imprint. However, it is also designed for participants with other cultural backgrounds working with or in Switzerland and wishing to understand the Swiss mindset.

Switzerland is a very diverse country, particularly considering its small size. Therefore, it is all the more important to focus on the different Swiss regions. Culture does not only differ from country to country but may also differ from region to region. However, the behaviour of a person is not only determined by culture, but also by personality and certain experiences in life. For this reason, we analyse, beyond simplified dos and don'ts, the possible factors influencing human behaviour as well as the potential expectations, habits, values, style of communication and social etiquettes of the Swiss.

All our training courses provide a well-balanced mixture of theory and practice. Role-plays, changes of perspectives, theoretical/scientific input, discussions and analyses are only some of the tools we use to make participants understand cultural issues on a mental as well as an emotional level.

Please contact us for more details and a tailor-made programme to meet your specific needs.


Target group

Swiss people working in an international context as well as participants with other cultural backgrounds working in or with Switzerland


Duration

Tailor-made - from 4 hours to several days

Our suggestion:  2.5 days:

½ day: introduction of the topic of culture in general and Swiss culture in particular

½ day: reflection on the participants’ own cultures and general cultural dimensions

1 ½ days: focus specifically on Swiss culture and the different regions; analysis, discussion and conflict resolutions for participants’ every-day experiences