Welcome back to our blog mini-series on cultural intelligence. This is post 4 of 5. Hope you are enjoying the discussions!
The first dimension in The Culture Map as presented by Erin Meyer in her book of the same name is: Communication. The continuum goes from low-context to high-context. Or in other words from explicit communication to implicit communication. In many western cultures, children are brought up to communicate explicitly and explicit communication is considered good communication. In other cultures, where implicit communication is the norm, implicit communication is considered good communication. Children are brought up to communicate based on unconscious assumptions and shared knowledge.
……. you are leading a committee that is organizing a big event. There are many people helping out with the planning and they are from around the world. The event has been organized many times previously and there are many things that will just be repeated again this year, primarily because they are considered best practices. You are preparing for the initial meeting with all of the volunteers. How do you design your first meeting to take into consideration the various communication styles?
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