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...]

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...]

Cultural Norms: Do they Matter?

Cultural Norms

In some countries, women are expected to cover themselves from head to toe. In others, bikini bottoms are plenty sufficient. In some places, baskets are carried in the arms. In others, they are placed on the head. Cultural norms are the standards we live by. They are the shared expectations and … [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...]

Honor among Afghans

Afghan Man Displays Honor

A recent study confirmed honor and respect as fundamental cultural values among Afghans, yet found subtle differences in interpretation of honor across groups and situations. Also, the conceptions of honor and respect as held among Afghans do not necessarily correspond with neighboring American … [Read more...]