Hi! In preparation for our next session of Opening Doors Across Cultures, I thought it would be interesting to discuss the topic of cultural intelligence. Please join me for the next 5 blog posts for a discussion on this exciting topic.
Understanding and being able to thrive in cultures other than your own is a critical skill in today’s interconnected and globalized world. We are living in a time of dramatically increased opportunity and need for interacting and understand people from around the globe. We see, hear and experience people from around the globe with diverse beliefs, attitudes, values and assumptions. Understanding each other’s culture will greatly improve our ability to get things done and to build better personal and business relationships.
What is culture? We all carry in us patterns of thinking, feeling and potential acting. Most of this is learned early in life and established as our patterns. These patterns can be considered ‘software of the mind.’ The sources our mental programs lie within the social environment in which we grew up, our family, neighborhood, school, youth groups, sports teams, activity groups and in our community. In the field of social anthropology, these patterns are referred to as culture. Culture is collective because it is almost always shared with others from the same social environment. Culture is learned, deriving from our social environment. One our patterns are established, it is very difficult to unlearn them and to re-learn new patterns. Culture is different from human nature and from individual personality, as is shown in the diagram. *
What are your thoughts? What is your best cultural difference story? How would you define your own personal culture? What is culture comprised of?
There you have a brief overview of what culture is. Join us in our workshop ‘Opening Doors Across Cultures’ to find out even more about increasing your own cultural intelligence!
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*From: Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind, Third Edition, by Geert Hofstede, Gert Jan Hofstede, Michael Minkov