Building relationships and working successfully with different others can seem like a major challenge. But you can enjoy the rewards, while keeping frustration to a minimum. The key to making them work is cultural competence. What is cultural competence? Cultural competence is defined as … [Read more...] about Cultural Competence: What, Why, and How
“You’re such an American!” In the U.S., those are words you’re proud to hear, they bolster your pride and patriotic spirit. When you hear them uttered in another country, though, those four little words can really sting. There is a substantial difference between visiting a place to experience … [Read more...] about Cultural Adjustment: Embracing Your Journey Abroad
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...] about How Learning New Cultures Boosts Your Creativity
There are numerous advantages of being bicultural. Studies have shown that biculturals are more creative and enjoy greater professional success. One reason for the many advantages of being bicultural is that exposure to diverse beliefs and worldviews enables biculturals to consider different … [Read more...] about How to Tap the Advantages of Being Bicultural
Competence means that you have the ability to do something well. You are capable of performing a task or job effectively. Competence can include the knowledge and skills needed to solve a quadratic equation. Or, it can comprise the much larger and more diverse clusters of skills, or competencies, … [Read more...] about What is Competence and Why is it Important?
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 … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Improve Your Cultural Intelligence