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Kay Xander Mellish - Denmark vs USA: How do Danes and Americans misunderstand each other?

December 16, 2019

Denmark vs USA: How do Danes and Americans misunderstand each other? 

Janteloven, micromanagement, and the prodigious use of the exclamation point: just a few of the conflicts that arise as part of the generally friendly relationship between Americans and Danes. Join us as we discuss these topics and much more with Kay Xander Mellish, a US-Danish dual citizen, keynote speaker, and author of several books including the bestsellers, “How to Live in Denmark” and “How to Work in Denmark,” and her most recent, “Working with Americans – Tips for Danes.”

Episode Takeaways

  • Tips for Danes to work with Americans [2:26]

  • Jante-law and Danish humor [8:16]

  • The blindspot of Danish openness [11:25]

  • How to work in Denmark and the power distance in Danish workplaces [17:29]

  • Mistakes Danes make in English [21:57]

  • The “hidden rules” at Danish workplaces [23:46]

  • Internationalisation in Denmark [25:56]

  • Why Denmark is attracting young people [28:15]

  • Daily habits and routines to stay mentally and physically sharp [31:43]

  • Voiceover and podcasts [32:49]

  • Life-changing events and lessons learned [34:29]

  • Mentors in childhood and coming to Denmark [35:27]

  • Biggest motivator and demotivator, and something weird [39:04]

  • Dinner party invites and life-guiding principle [40:44]

  • Book recommendations and favorite failure [44:02]

  • Lessons to and from Denmark, and closing comments [47:27]