Myths of Cultural Adaptation

Lamentably, our global society meets with far too many over-confident world travellers. People often launch themselves headlong into the global arena expecting those they meet to cater to their every whim. They may be diligent, hard-working, successful individuals and yet are blind to social cues and cultural subtleties. They do not listen to advice or counsel from seasoned consultants and feel things “are just fine” while missing out on a potentially superior international experience. If you are open to the fact that you may be even a little deluded in your intercultural mindset, explore the following myths:

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Are you biased? We all are.

"But this is the way we've always done it". Being aware of our own (unconcious) biases, recognising / identifying our "blind spots" and training ourselves to think differently is an essential part of intercultural learning and developing cultural competence...

Different Cultures See Deadlines Differently

We all have the tendency to look at other cultures through the lens of our own. While this is natural, it can lead to misunderstandings when communicating with and managing colleagues from around the world. When working across cultures, one important area where this frequently causes conflicts: deadlines... 

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Principles for Intercultural Effectiveness

Effective intercultural communication requires primarily intercultural awareness, an understanding that different cultures have different values and norms. Furthermore, it requires an understanding that individuals are shaped, but not bounded, by their cultural background and that, sometimes, you have to meet people more than halfway...

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