Dealing with the Dutch - incompany training

Being yourself while successfully adjusting to another working culture

You are a professional in your work, received your credits abroad and accepted a job in The Netherlands. In your current job you need to cooperate with Dutch people who have travelled the world, who are proud to be open-minded and communicate in a direct way. By this course you will better understand the Dutch, supporting you in working professionally together.

What if you perceive some of the Dutch as having a fixed mindset, stubborn and blunt? How come that this behavior is sometimes triggering you? Is it them or you? And if you know, what are the things you’d better adapt in order to do business successfully and where is it probably safe to stick to your own way of working?

You do realize that successful integration and doing business is a two-way street. You therefore are willing to reflect on your personal mindset and behavior, as well as understanding the Dutch better. You like to receive tips and tools to enrich your style of communication in The Netherlands. 

How to be yourself and deal with the Dutch?

As a result of this module:

  • you will better understand the Dutch culture and why they do what they do;
  • you will appreciate and benefit more from differences between cultures;
  • you are aware of potential personal triggers in working with the Dutch and how to deal with this;
  • you are better equipped to deal with some dominant aspects in the Dutch business culture.

This module is part of Leadership of engineers.

Intended for

Technical professionals as well as their people leaders (University, Polytechnic, all subjects).

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  • Information
    The program will be taught in English.
  • Program

    This one day crash course is about successfully working together in a foreign country, while being yourself. We will work in a small group of eight to twelve participants. Theory and practice are alternated in the program. You will learn practical soft skills and gain confidence to make the most of your career in the Netherlands.


    • Introduction to Dutch business culture and how it developed
    • Cultural differences: your culture versus the Dutch
    • What you need to know to successfully cooperate
      • Speaking up
      • Dealing with Dutch hierarchy
      • Acting while not overseeing the big picture
      • Responding to harsh criticism
      • Being effective in endless meetings


    • Stay true to yourself and adapt to the situation where needed
    • How to adapt to the situation and enjoy it
    • Practice and receive feedback

    This training is delivered by trainers who have worked intensively across the globe (i.e. China, Korea, India, the US, UK and France). In the afternoon, a non-Dutch trainer will join the program as well. He has lived in the Netherlands for over ten years. With him you will practice some real life situations and receive feedback on how your way of communication is received and how it can be fine-tuned to interact with the Dutch.


    • Start training at 9.00 am
    • Lunch at about 12.30 pm
    • Closure around 5.30 pm