From the Author
My first job was with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines as an administrative intern.
In total I had 3 jobs there. The last one being the most fun and most interesting: I was a Marketing & Sales Consultant. Travelling to pretty much every corner of the world helping KLM colleague's achieve their targets.
In the mean time I went back to school. I studied and got my Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Amsterdam in 6 years doing evening school. I enjoyed every minute of it.
The combination of study and travel didn't bother me. I was working with different cultures and expanding my knowledge on what makes people tick in organisations.
In 1999, after 12 years with KLM, I decided it was time for a change.
That change was a good choice because the company I was working for had a group of people all working on Intercultural Management.
I had done my University thesis using the work of Professor Geert Hofstede, and now was able to work with it too. Awesome!
In 2007 I started the company Culture Matters. I wanted to fully focus on Cultural Awareness Training and have been doing so ever since.
With the Internet all around us and the ongoing globalisation I think it is of absolute importance to be Culturally Competent when you're working Internationally.
Fortunately these skills can be learned. The good thing is that with proper Cultural Awareness Training everybody "gets it".
I find that a promising thought.
I am passionate about giving Cultural Awareness Training and am sure I will be for years!
About the Author
Chris Smit was born in Amsterdam on March 3, 1963.
Midway whileattending high school, his family and he moved to the USA for one year, wherehe attended 8th grade high school in Boiceville, New York.
After returning to the Netherlands he finished school and went to theFree University in Amsterdam to study Industrial and Organisational Psychology.
He graduated in 1993.
While studying Chris joined KLM where he worked for 10 years as aCommercial Sales & Marketing coach and consultant. During that time hespent a lot of time abroad with a particular focus on Europe, South America,the Middle East and Asia.
He joined a Dutch consulting firm in 1999 and developed his international experienceas an international business consultant.
He is an experienced consultant andcoach in intercultural business, and has implemented and consulted projects andrun many intercultural and communication seminars throughout the world.
Comfortable working at senior levels in organisations, he is known for hisdynamic, enthusiastic and participative style as a public speaker, coach andbusiness consultant.
In 2007 Chris founded the company CultureMatters.
Working synergistically with a group of professional consultants,he is the Director of Culture Matters.
Chris has extensive experience in managing and motivating a team ofprofessionals, to make them perform and exceed expectations.
His specialities are India, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East andthe USA.
He is currently living with his partner in Belgium.
Chris Smit has several international publications in his name, and afrequent speaker at international business events.
He recently started a Podcast on CultureMatters. It's available for free in iTunes