by Ursula Brinkmann and Oscar van Weerdenburg

Why invest into the Intercultural Readiness Check?

Do you work across cultural and national boundaries, and do you ponder about how to boost team performance in your culturally diverse organization? The Intercultural Readiness Check is a tool to assess and develop both your own intercultural skill set as well as that of your team.

Are you an intercultural learning professional and support clients and their teams? The Intercultural Readiness Check will help you help your clients to achieve more with less energy by assessing and developing their intercultural competencies.

Delighted to see the Intercultural Readiness Check rated as best in class right from the start (Wiersinga, ITIM, 2001), we never stopped improving it.

The Intercultural Readiness Check in detail

We’ve called in the help of statistical wizards to analyse the IRC database and monitor the quality that we promise our clients. The IRC is based on a massive statistical analysis of data from 13,000 respondents, with sophisticated checks and double checks.

We invested into an online dashboard that makes it easy for you to access the tool, generate feedback and monitor your client groups. Your data is in good hands: Contact us for result on our recent PEN test, our data protection measures in line with Germany’s requirements for Technical and Operational Measures (TOMs).

We’ve brought together teams of trained translators, native speakers and intercultural and HR professionals for high quality translations into eight languages: English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese.

Individual development and team performance with IRC

As a result, more than 80,000 respondents from all over the world have used the IRC to discover their intercultural competencies and develop them to be more effective in their jobs and contribute more to their team performance. Their answers make the IRC database one of the richest sources of information on intercultural competences world-wide.

In 2014, we published our insights, ideas, and concepts in Brinkmann/van Weerdenburg: Intercultural Readiness: Four competences for working across cultures (London: Palgrave).

To serve a global client base, we need a global network. From Sydney to Singapore, from Portland to Perth, from Tokyo to Tilburg, more than 700 certified professionals use the IRC to support their clients. We encourage them to network, cooperate and form mixed teams that can serve a global client base.

Just like you, we can only stay happy if we stay curious. We continue to dig deeper, to support research with the IRC database, and to learn from the conversations we have with our clients and colleagues.

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