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Understanding the Swiss and Loving Switzerland


A practical workshop for Swiss newbies to help them understand their new environment and navigate Swiss idiosyncrasies, promoting cultural integration, collaboration, and smooth teamwork. OVERVIEW Some clichés are true. The Swiss are rules-centric, organised, polite and conservative. But they also have a warm sense of humour, are incredibly efficient, have a strong work ethic and place high value on respect. Learn all the “secret handshakes” required for surviving and thriving in Switzerland. Get answers to all your questions on the rules and regulations, their origins and how to master them. Understanding how to navigate the cultural idiosyncrasies will help you to improve your relationships within your community, build up a strong and lasting network, and succeed in business. TARGET AUDIENCE Professionals new to Switzerland. Any nationality, working and living in German-speaking Switzerland. Individuals who want or need to learn and understand the tricks to smooth integration and easy working relationships. Newly integrated teams who want to improve their performance. Swiss participants are also welcomed to encourage team building and engagement if needed. TAKE-AWAYS Participants will understand the key habits and practices in Swiss culture. They will have developed an appreciation for Swiss values such as politeness, respect, efficiency, and quality. Participants will know how to apply basic Swiss cultural practices in their business and personal lives. They will be more accepting of their colleagues, neighbours and business partners and will understand how to cultivate lasting relationships. FORMAT Interactive format with group work, role-play, and discussions. In person or online via zoom. Max participants 15 Duration: flexible Language: English CONTENT Theory for key learnings. Quizzes and polls. Group discussions and debates. Scenario-based role play for telephone, conflict management, small talk and formal business interactions. External resources via handouts, weblinks and book suggestions.


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