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On the job coaching

Understanding the Dutch culture and customs

Sometimes the Dutch corporate culture can baffle any expat. In general, the Dutch have a very no-nonsense approach to things. They treat everyone the same, boss or no boss. The Dutch are very fond of meetings too, giving everyone the opportunity to bring something to the table, so a consensus can be reached that everyone can live with.

At the start of your expat assignment this may lead to frustrations, a culture shock even. For example, you must fetch your own coffee, and you are expected to give your opinion in meetings, and you will receive immediate feedback, whether you like it or not.

I will help you navigate through this phase and guide you on your way, while you settle in your new job, making sure you hit the ground running, so you can focus on your tasks at hand.

You will learn:

  • An understanding of the Dutch corporate culture.
  • The dos and don’ts to look out for.
  • How to use your capabilities and skills to the fullest.
  • To navigate through the Dutch corporate culture with more confidence.

5 Tips for doing business with the Dutch:

  1. Be open, direct, and honest.
  2. Do not be bossy – cross-level communication and cooperation are the norm.
  3. Decisions are not made until there is consensus with everyone. So:
  4. Be on time and be prepared for meetings. Your opinion matters.
  5. Be proactive and just ask questions when there is something you do not understand.