Towards the end of a ten-day visit to Goa which was filled with a lot of talks and presentations on future plans, team Konic sat down with Nordic Intent for a cultural exchange between India and the Netherlands.
The meeting began with an ice-breaker which entailed an exchange of information between the Dutch and the Indians. The entire group watched one of those videos that showed an interviewer going about asking foreigners what they think of India. Most foreign nationals see India as a land of cows, crowds, and traffic which are just a few common associations with the country. The below infographics depict a few facts and stats about India.
Konic and Nordic Intent also answered a small pop quiz which consisted of a number of questions about each others’ country and culture.
During the course of this cultural exchange, the teams discussed a whole range of topics in regards to their respective countries. These included trivia on things like population and traffic as well as team Nordic Intent learning that school children in the Netherlands study up to five languages as part of their curriculum. Another particularly engrossing topic was how differently India and the Netherlands celebrate the New Year.
The exchange between Konic and Nordic Intent also looked at the work culture that prevails in the Netherlands as well as that of India. While India’s work culture maintains a balance between personal and work elements, in the Netherlands, they thrive on the concept of direct and efficient communication. In India, it’s not unusual to see colleagues mingle at the workplace as well as in social circles. It’s the exact opposite in the Netherlands where colleagues and friends are dealt with separately and rarely mix in any social settings.
Check out the video of the dance that team Konic taught everyone at their farewell party.
While it’s clear that both countries are vastly different in a lot of ways, both have one major thing in common which cannot be disputed and that is their shared love of all things football-related.
At the end of this cultural exchange, Nordic Intent got a better understanding of how businesses in the Netherlands work, which will go a long way in assisting the team when it comes to dealing with clients in that part of the world.