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The case for change

It is well recognised that in order to operate and compete globally, there is a need for Danish companies to develop their intercultural capacity. This includes the need to attract and retain international talent, but the challenge does not end there. There is also a growing understanding that in order to be effective globally there is a need to build high levels of cross-cultural competence.

At International Talent Lab we believe it is time to take a fresh approach to creating sustainable solutions to those emerging demands. A fresh approach that is grounded in an understanding of the fluid nature of culture and the need to develop intercultural competence and cultural agility as the means to building effective and value-creating cross-cultural organisations.

For us at ITL, intercultural effectiveness is a strategic developmental concern, and what sets us apart is both our capacity to add value to all parts of the value chain, and our working methodology. Our methodology is firmly rooted in the pragmatic observation that “off-the-shelf” solutions generally do not work – or if they do they are usually not sustainable. Therefore, in everything we do, from the most “straightforward” workshop to the most complex strategic process, we seek to co-create – with our customers and clients - an intervention that will bring about real, meaningful and sustainable change.

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Our services

Strategic management and HR

  • Developing strategic HR responses to the challenges of international talent recruitment and retention
  • Achieving strategic fit between the recruitment and retention of expatriates and broader business objectives
  • Developing intercultural competence and understanding of Board and senior leadership.

    Organisational Development
  • Devising and delivering interventions to develop organisational, team and individual cultural agility
  • Designing and delivering cross-cultural onboarding processes
  • Alignment of strategy implementation to differing cultural contexts

    Individual Coaching and sparring
  • Sparring with managers of cross-cultural teams
  • Strategic coaching and sparring for international and Danish startups
  • Providing cross cultural performance coaching to enable international talent to thrive in the cultural encounter
  • Providing cross cultural and career coaching to the spouses and partners of international staff to enable those partners to create their own value from the expatriate encounter

    Open Workshops
  • Devising and delivering participatory learning workshops for international staff, their work colleagues and expatriate partners and spouses, on a broad range of topics, for example:
             Recognising and managing culture shock
             Understanding Danish workplace culture
             Developing cultural competence to enable your new colleague to succeed.

    Lectures and seminars
  • Input to professional organisations, groups, networks etc. on a range of topics for example:
             Blind spots – identifying our own cultural assumptions
             Cultural intelligence – don’t leave home without it!
             Thriving across cultures – it’s not about what you know; it’s about how you are.

    Research and Methodology Development
  • It is an intrinsic part of our offer that continuous development in both theory and the principles of reflective practice will inform the nature of what we offer and how we offer it.

  • The case for change...

    The ITL methodology

    Our methodology is firmly rooted in the pragmatic observation that “off-the-shelf” solutions generally do not work – or if they do they are usually not sustainable. Therefore, in everything we do, from the most “straightforward” workshop to the most complex strategic process, we seek to co-create and facilitate transformational learning – with our customers and clients - an intervention that will bring about real, meaningful and sustainable change.

    We take as the departure point for designing our interventions the existing conditions within the organisation. Our experience is that it is particularly important to consider previous learning, readiness for change, levels of motivation and capacity for development and growth of the organisation and the individuals within it.

    The ITL Partners

    Tom Griffiths

    Tom Griffiths

    has more than twenty years’ experience providing, managing, developing and implementing change strategies for individuals, groups and organisations. Holds an MA in Cognitive Semiotics and qualifications and extensive experience in Careers Guidance and Career Coaching, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Practice, NLP and Appreciative Inquiry.

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    Lone Aagaard

    Lone Aagaard

    is the owner of KOMMITMENT DK ApS and holds an MA in Danish and Social Anthropology. The core activities of KOMMITMENT DK are counselling and training companies in organisational development and cultural intelligence. The company has existed since 2006. Lone is also an active business networker and board member.

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    Our core beliefs...

    Our vision...

    For International Talent Lab to be recognised as the most innovative and effective provider of solutions to the challenge of the successful inclusion of internationals and expatriates into Danish workplaces and Danish society more broadly.


    Our core beliefs...

    Empowering outcomes can only be created through empowering processes.

    Co-creation is the most effective and efficient method of creating innovative, engaging and sustainable solutions.

    Being critical brings new solutions – being negative brings disengagement and alienation. We choose the former and challenge the latter.

    A problem is a state of affairs that something can be done about – we like to talk with you about what.