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...]

Transfer of Learning: Take What You’ve Learned with You

transfer of learning

Can an eighth-grade math student apply her knowledge of geometry to estimate the square footage of the family’s new home? If so, then she has experienced transfer of learning. Transfer of learning means to extend knowledge you’ve gained from one situation to new ones. Parents and educators hope … [Read more...]

Building Spatial Thinking Improves STEM success

spatial thinkng in portal 2

You fall off of a ledge, dropping through a hole in the floor, only to find yourself hurtling out the side of a wall like a cannon ball. If you can imagine that easily, you have great spatial thinking skills. Or you’ve been playing Portal 2. Perhaps your spatial thinking skills got a boost from … [Read more...]

Cognitive Skills Help Fashion Adaptive Minds

cognitive skills and chess

Which is the most useful kind of knowledge - general knowledge about how to think well, or specific knowledge within many subject areas? The idea that we can train the mind to use core cognitive skills that are effective in a wide range of situations is really fantastic. But, maybe it’s too … [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...]