Managing in Colombia
Making Working Relationships a Priority
When you think of Colombia, you probably imagine tropical jungles, coffee plantations, and drug barons. However, the Colombian government's peace talks with the country's largest left-wing rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), has reduced violence in the country and ushered in a promising new era of prosperity. While it has had a legitimate reputation for danger, Colombia is beginning to transform itself into a reputable place to do business.
Colombia's economy continues to grow year on year, and is now the fourth largest in Latin America. With increased safety for its people and a growing middle class, the country has changed significantly in recent years and is now a safer place to live and work. The relaxed pace of life, the beautiful weather, and the laid-back friendliness of the Colombian people also contribute to its appeal.
In this article, we'll explore how to live and work successfully in Colombia, whether you're relocating there or managing a team remotely.
This article is intended as a general guide only. Consider each person's unique needs, and use your own best judgment when managing a Colombian team.
Colombia is a large country of 439,733 square miles, on the northwest corner of South America. It borders Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru, and has coasts on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The high-altitude capital city, Bogotá, is located in the center of the country. Colombia's geography is diverse, and includes mountainous urban centers, the Amazon rainforest, tropical grasslands, and coastal areas. It is the third biggest country in Latin America, with an estimated population of 48 million people. ...