Lecture / Workshop 'How to deal with the Dutch'

Why are the Dutch so blunt?
Who is actually the boss in The Netherlands?
Why do the Dutch leave their curtains open at night?
And what are the cultural differences between the Netherlands and other countries?

The Dutch have been doing business overseas for centuries. At the same time people from other countries have come to work and do business in the Netherlands. Working across cultures can result in all kinds of blunders – both socially and in business. Knowledge of each other’s cultures – and awareness of one’s own – are essential requirements for avoiding such misunderstandings.

In her lecture / workshop ‘How to deal with the Dutch’ Saskia Maarse shows how Dutch culture is seen by other nationalities and cultures. She provides a lively analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the Dutch character. For instance, the Dutch norm that ‘an appointment is an appointment’. And while this is very much appreciated by people from other cultures in the context of business – it is regarded as somewhat bizarre in private life. Why consult your agenda to schedule time with family members?

Saskia humorously describes the origins of some typically Dutch characteristics, as well as what we can learn from and about other cultures – in areas like communication, leadership and behaviour.

She shares anecdotes from business professionals and managers from a variety of countries and offers background information and useful insights on how to deal with the Dutch and how to bridge cultural differences in business and social life.

Overview of the lecture / workshop content

  • Understanding ‘Culture’ and ‘Cultural awareness’.
  • Background information on Dutch culture and how its characteristics are experienced by other cultures.
  • Anecdotes from business professionals and managers from a variety of countries.
  • (Scientifically proven) cultural differences and similarities between countries on aspects like communication, trust and leadership.
  • Useful intercultural insights on how to deal with the Dutch.

What is the different between a lecture and workshop?

Depending on your specific needs, a lecture lasts up to 60 minutes and can be held for a small or large audience. The possibility of interaction is also an option. The goal of a lecture is to provide the audience with information and insights within a specific period of time.

The duration of a workshop varies from 90 minutes to two half-days. During a workshops, specific topics are examined in more detail. The accent is on theory, knowledge sharing and interactivity. Depending on the time limit, there is more opportunity to ask questions and share experiences. The group is usually smaller in size.

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