Global Leadership Blog

Who knew? Brits Crossing Cultures.

Fascinating how Colin Firth, Christian Bale, and Hugh Laurie can transform their British accents into perfect, undetectable American accents. I wonder if they change their mindset as well? Style-switching is key to being able to meet your audience’s needs and expectations – both in acting and in global corporate business. (if those can even be separated) Colin, Christian and Hugh aren’t less British, nor do they lose their true selves when they portray Americans, but they are adaptive, flexible and agile in their roles. Hugh told Ellen in an interview yesterday that he sometimes mixes up which side of the road to drive on but once he sees an angry face, he realizes his mistake and quickly shifts over. It doesn’t mean we won’t sometimes forget to style switch across cultures, but to try is a successful start.

Melissa Lamson

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Melissa Lamson, Founder and President of Lamson Consulting, is an author, consultant, and speaker who accelerates the business expansion goals of today’s most successful companies by developing global mindset, refining leadership skills, and bridging cross cultural communication. More About Melissa Lamson