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...]

Five Metacognitive Strategies to Change Your Mind

man with metacognitive strategies

Everyday learning often starts with a surprise. Something unexpected happens and you use that to change your understanding. You learn the most when you use metacognitive strategies to adapt your mindset. Metacognition is what you know about how you think and learn. It includes knowing what you … [Read more...]

Why Overconfidence Occurs and How to Overcome It

Overconfidence

Overconfidence happens to all of us. Ever have a plan that just couldn’t go wrong? And then you get a kick in the butt. Ever know that something must be true, only to find out later that you had it backwards? Overconfidence is when you think you are more likely to be right than you actually … [Read more...]

Respect for Arab Crowds

Arab Protests, Martyrs' Square, Beirut

Direct displays of respect can reduce conflict in Arab protests, where a premium is placed on honor. Such displays enable people in potentially volatile crowd situations to accrue honor while avoiding risks associated with violent confrontation. These conclusions are based on studies of Arab … [Read more...]

Decisive or Indecisive? It’s a Cultural Question

Indecisive

Indecisiveness is bad. Indecisive politicians are a bunch of wishy-washy flip-floppers. Decisive entrepreneurs grow great businesses (or at least fail spectacularly while trying). If a decision is a commitment to a course of action, then “indecision” is a failure to commit. Indecisiveness … [Read more...]

Can an Image of the Brain Reveal Your Cultural Adaptability?

Cultural Adaptability and Brains

Some people can adjust to new cultures far more easily than others. Understanding why some find cultural adaptability to be relatively painless, whereas others struggle to adapt is a problem of longstanding concern. Many are interested in the results, including businesses with multinational … [Read more...]

Write to Decide

How to make a decision? Write about it.

When you need to know how to make a decision, some suggest that you “go with your gut,” acting quickly and instinctively. Others suggest analytical approaches that may involve computation of the anticipated value of options, based on numerically expressed likelihoods and utilities. Each of these … [Read more...]

Seasoned Globetrotters Know What They Need to Know About New Cultures

Cross-culturally competent globetrotter passport

Cross-culturally competent people are able to adapt to new cultures efficiently. It's not easy to do so. Learning to function within a new culture can be hard. Given the mass of potentially relevant information to try to digest, you might be tempted to give up before getting started. There are … [Read more...]