Intentional Living in Cross Cultural Spaces

Misunderstandings

Culture includes the commonly shared values, beliefs, assumptions and habits of a people which result in expected or characteristic behaviors. Those values, beliefs and assumptions are “invisible” to the outsider or visitor at least initially. So in cross cultural encounters, there is plenty of room for misunderstanding! The meaning of behaviors is not always understood…

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Cultural Intelligence…do you have it?

Here is a link to an introductory article by P. Christopher Earley and Elaine Mosakowski in HBR on Cultural Intelligence. People can have a very high IQ but a very low CQ (Cultural Quotient),  and have some different measure of emotional intelligence.  Whether or not a person can actually increase their IQ is a subject of…

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Effecting Change in Cross Cultural Settings

Successfully encouraging and effecting change through community development in a cross cultural context is a complex undertaking, isn’t it

Leadership Adaptive or Technical? (part 1)

Adaptive Problems and Challenges (ACs)  require painful transitions in attitudes, values, and/or behaviors. Adaptive change must be internalized by the people with the problem.

Travel and Proven Technology

The more “locally” one travels the more one learns about a people and their customs, habits and worldviews. Most travel in cross cultural spaces is not done “locally”, however.

Debriefing Challenging (Cross-Cultural) Situations or Events I :

Some Suggested Steps Living in cross cultural spaces will bring us face to face with many challenging and confusing situations and events. Whether it’s business or pleasure, life in a different culture is always interesting and full of surprises. Learning to learn from these experiences and events may help us navigate those spaces more gracefully…

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Halfpats and Expats (expatriates living abroad)

Not all people living and working overseas are sent there by their companies for short terms of duty, complete with hardship pay, shipping containers with their personal belongings, full time staff etc. More and more people are choosing to live overseas longer term and work for local or multi-national companies. Expats tend to see the…

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