Stop Wasting Time Abroad: How to Ensure Contact with New Cultures Boosts Your Creativity

Culture Creativity

Yuck! Splashes of chicken blood and insects fly everywhere. The old Chinese woman waves the butcher knife and squirming corpse triumphantly. She flashes a toothless grin. You’re speechless. Flabbergasted. Grossed out big time. You thought you’d take a leisurely stroll in a quaint … [Read more...]

If You’re Bicultural, You Can Make it Work to Your Advantage

Bicultural

There are many advantages to being bicultural. Studies have shown that biculturals are more creative and enjoy greater professional success. One of the reasons for the advantage may be that exposure to diverse beliefs and worldviews enables biculturals to consider different perspectives. This can … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Improve Your Cultural Intelligence

Cultural Intelligence

Picture this - you’re introduced to the CEO of a French start-up that your company is in the process of acquiring. The CEO grabs your hand and leans in for some repeated lip action on your cheeks. His breath has a hint of garlic and something else you can’t identify. His grip on your hand is lasting … [Read more...]

Intercultural Communication: It Takes Two to Tango

Intercultural communication

Intercultural communication is what you do when you talk to someone from a different culture. Some people are better intercultural communicators than others. What does it mean, that they're better? You’ve probably heard the saying “It’s all about the people you know.” Relationships can help you … [Read more...]

Cross-Cultural Competence: Engage People from any Culture

cross-cultural competence

Cross-cultural competence refers to your ability to understand people from different cultures and engage with them effectively. And not just people from the one culture that you’ve studied for years. Having cross-cultural competence means you can be effective in your interactions with people from … [Read more...]

Your Theory of Knowledge Influences How You Learn

Theory of knowledge

Your theory of knowledge refers to your beliefs about what knowledge is and how you get it. You may think you don’t have a theory of knowledge. But, even if you don’t regularly philosophize about the nature of knowledge you still, most likely, have more or less implicit ideas about it. Think … [Read more...]