Opinions about Poland

Is it easy to negotiate or work with Poles?

Is it easy to negotiate or work with Poles?

Polish behavioural style as a carousel – once still and another time very dynamic   The question is not easy to answer as… Poland is situated geographically between Berlin and Moscow, and mentally between West and East. Our geopolitical location has always influenced Polish way of thinking and behaviour. In a number of publications on cross-cultural communication and management, Polish character is described as „Polish duality of thinking and behaviour”. That is why, for foreigners working in Poland or negotiating with Poles is not easy for first glance to get an idea how are Poles: You can ask yourself questions – are they? Friendly or indifferent? Open or intolerant? Easy going or stubborn? Direct or indirect in communication? Egalitarian or hierarchical? Formal or informal? Prefer working individually or in a team The answer on above questions is – “both” or “it depends on the situation”.   In Richard Lewis cultural model of 3 types of cultures – presented as a triangle of 3 types of cultures: 1/ Linear  – represented by Germanic cultures, 2/ Reactive – represented be Confucian cultures and 3/ Multiactive  – represented by Latin America, Arab and African countries, Poland lies in the middle between Linear and Multiactive cultures. (R.Lewis’ model at crossculture.com).   This means that Poles express behaviours typical for those two types of cultures – yet we can switch easily from one type of behaviour to another up to a situation and express behaviour, which is more convenient for us. This capability is called flexibility and it is welcomed in work environment, but for foreigners may cause a difficulty to decode us.   Lack of knowledge of Polish pattern of thinking and behaving may be especially confusing and misleading in negotiation, when knowing a counterpart may be a precondition of a success or a failure.   Negotiating with Poles   Poles regarding behavioural patterns of negotiation in following aspects: –    risk taking:  from one side they take a high risk  but from another one they seeking certainty  and like negotiating all in small details disagreeing: they avoid direct and explicit communication but when situation develop in their disadvantage they make be very confrontational in an emotional manner trusting: they build trust to others...

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What are the main cultural differences between France and Poland?

What are the main cultural differences between France and Poland?

As a French woman, when I learnt that I would study for two years in Poland, I clearly did not know what to expect. In the western part of the European Union, strangely, we are quite ignorant of what is actually happening in the East. For most of people in my native country, we just have a limited knowledge of this part of Europe, and this is focused on History of WWII and the Communist era. I have lived in Poland for one year now, so I will try to describe the best that I can the differences I could observe myself when I came to live in Poland, When I arrived in September last year, I was quite shocked when I walked in the streets. I looked around, surprised to see that all people, me included, looked the same. Do not misunderstand, I was not expecting Slavic people to look differently but in France, we saw people from all around the world: black skin, yellow skin. We are so different from one another: small, tall, black, blond, red haired people. African, Asian, Arabic, and so on! Here in Poland, I was among people who looked the same: medium size, even if I could see more real light haired women and more people with light eyes than in France! And women! They are so well dressed, always wearing skirts, nails done, high heels, perfect make up. Slavic women, you-are-beautiful, and I should admit that I had some trouble to stand next to you. I felt so clumsy and neglected! In France, we got so used to be harassed in the streets that we began to fear to look too feminine. I personally think that this fact is deeply linked to the second point I would like to write about. Stop thinking France is the country of gentlemen, true romantic love. It may had been real but it was decades, centuries ago. I was so impressed by the way men treated women in Poland. I see regularly men in the street with roses or flowers in their hands, waiting for their partner. I see everyday men who make lifts waiting for the women who are close to them. I see...

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University Collegium Civitas

University Collegium Civitas

On 28th o f March University Collegium Civitas has organised International Career Day. The event was organised by international students, studying at Collegium Civitas. One of the events in the program was the panel discussion “How to do it in Poland? Expectations and reality” with foreigners living in Poland who shared their stories about “How to do it in Poland” and recommendations for international students what they need to have or to do in order to start career in Poland.  I was invited to be a panel discussion chairman. It was amazing to hear the answers to a question raised at the beginning of the discussion “Is Poland open to foreigners who want to work in the country?”   All of foreign panel particpants –  from Italy, Japan, Maroko, Kenya, Switzerland  and  Turkey – shared positive opinions about opportunities Poland offers. An Italian enterprenuer has even told the Poland from “grey country, has tourned out to be great country to live in”.  All recommend to have  a long strategy for its career and life in Poland, to enjoy ups and downs, to treat them as a part of life. They underline an importence of building social network , as it works in Poland. Me as a panel chairmam was happy to facilitae such appreciative discussion about Poland, as it really confirms, we are not part of Europe but also global community.  ...

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What Indian living in Poland think about the country?

What Indian living in Poland think about the country?

Preethi Nair, MBA student in Wroclaw Cultural differences between India and Poland: “A particular society at a particular time and place, the tastes in art and manners that are favoured by a social group, all the knowledge shared by the society can be considered as a culture. If you arrive in India it just takes few minutes to understand what is wrong with the country, chaos everywhere and it takes few years to understand what is right about the country, however when you arrive in Poland it takes few minutes to understand what’s good with the country, calm and peaceful and it takes few years to understand what is wrong about the country. This brief introduction sums up my personal experience with the two different cultures. No two cultures are the same, the Polish and Indian cultures have vast differentiation between them. Religion and Language: India has 22 official languages and many religions, now imagine moving from one province to other with in Poland and you need to learn the different language, this is something beyond imagination for Poles, since, almost whole of Poland speaks one language and follows one religion which sort of makes the system/society less complex, whereas in India system should adopt to many languages and religion society /system which in turn makes system/society more complex. However, most Indians speak English (In fact there are more Indians who speak English than anywhere else in the world), so you can get along pretty easily even though if you don’t know the local language, whereas if you do not know Polish in Poland it is not easy to get along. Family: I found one common ground between Polish and Indian cultures is their family relations. Indians are very much family oriented so as Poles. In Indian culture, the family values are given more prominence than the individual values. Indians may even forsake their individual wishes and also one’s happiness for the sake of families. All the decisions made will be centred around the family which i feel the same with Poles. However having said that, time, place tastes of society and exposure of other cultures is changing India fast, more and more Indians are leaning towards individual oriented...

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