Succeed in your international assignment in Lithuania

Module 1 : Successful personnal integration in Lithuania

1. Cross-cultural awareness : the key to a successful expatriation

  • Taking stock of one's own cultural baggage
  • Culture shock and the integration process
  • Identifying and going beyond cultural stereotypes

2. Key aspects of Lithuanian culture

  • A Baltic state located at a meeting point between the Russian and Polish cultures
  • A uniform society with significant minorities
  • A changing economy
  • The challenges of European integration

3. Lithuanian values and behaviour patterns

  • A male-dominated and patriarchal society currently undergoing change
  • Basic values, customs and practices
  • A devoutly Catholic nation
  • The importance of appearances
  • National pride
  • Humour and level-headedness
  • Self-control

4. Practical day-to-day information

  • Focus on the host town
  • Transport, administration, housing, security, hygiene and healthcare
  • Social life, leisure activities
  • Learning the language
  • Schools, extracurricular activities, sport

Module 2 : Successful professionnal integration in Lithuania

1. The Lithuanian corporate world

  • Lithuania's changing management culture
  • Relatively centralized decision-making processes
  • Privileges and favouritism
  • The importance and recognition of skills

2. Effective communication with the Lithuanians

  • Greetings, etiquette and politeness
  • The power of visual aspects and non-verbal communication
  • The importance of networking
  • The value of learning Lithuanian

3. Working with Lithuanian teams

  • Reliability, charisma and experience.
  • Flexibility, tolerance and an open mind
  • Distance and sociability: striking the right balance
  • The advantages of joint decision-making

4. Successful meetings and negotiations with the Lithuanians

  • Forging relationships and giving them that personal touch
  • Setting the scene.  Defining the context for your meeting
  • Discipline and professionalism
  • Written contracts, their interpretation and implications

5. Final handy tips

  • Caution, patience and humility
  • Social standards, gifts, business cards, dress code
  • Sensitive subjects: politics, history, religion
  • Humour: a double-edged sword

Succeed in your international assignment in Lithuania

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