Consultant communication and collaboration with Indonesians

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Do you recognize one or more of these situations with your Indonesian colleagues?

❌ You explained something and were convinced that they understood it, but in the end, it turns out that they did not execute it (completely) correctly.

❌ You have specified a deadline, but do not receive anything at the agreed time.

❌ You ask them to do something and they don’t say ‘no’, but it still doesn’t happen.

❌ You feel that there are tensions, but you don’t understand what went wrong.

❌ You communicate with them, but you still have the feeling that it is not being processed correctly.

✅ These are just a few examples that can lead to major frustrations. However, there are very clear reasons why Indonesians act in a certain way. You just have to find the right way of communication that is adapted to their needs.

Hofstede has developed a tool to compare cultural differences between two or more countries. This tool immediately gives you a good overview of how Indonesians think and how that differs from us. Access the tool by clicking the button below.

However, this tool is only an overview and does not provide explanations about specific situations. If you would like help with this, don’t hesitate to contact me. I have a lot of experience in dealing with Indonesians and understand how they work. I have worked for years in the business world and for the government. Thanks to the variety of jobs I’ve done – finance, project management, sales, customer success and IT – I can easily communicate with different departments. I understand the various needs, both in terms of departments and culture.

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