A More or Less Perfect Union: Inalienable Rights

“All men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” I think that’s one of the most important sentences in the English language. And then the next sentence of the Declaration says, “To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” And […]

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The Catholic Church – Builder of Civilization, Episode 11: Origins of International Law

The Catholic Church – Builder of Civilization, Episode 11: Origins of International Law

We’ve heard a great deal over the years about the terrible demographic tragedy that struck the peoples of the New World in the Age of Discovery, but who were the greatest and most outspoken critics of the abuses of the natives? Catholic theologians. Let’s talk about this issue today on The Catholic Church: Builder of […]

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The Catholic Church – Builder of Civilization, Episode 10: Concept of Rights and Law

The Catholic Church – Builder of Civilization, Episode 10: Concept of Rights and Law

Thomas: So where did we get the idea of individual rights? Do I even need to answer that question by now? Fr om the Catholic Church, believe it or not. We’r e going to talk about that, and a lot more, today on The Catholic Chur ch: Builder of Civilization. (music) Welcome to The Catholic […]

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Cultural Dimension: direct versus indirect communication style

Cultural Dimension: direct versus indirect communication style

Direct versus indirect communication Different cultures favorite different communication styles A direct communications style is one in which the burden of communication is on the speaker that person is expected to be clear Get to the point be specific A good direct speaker is one who ensures that the listeners understand what is being said […]

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Cultural Dimension: me or we

Cultural Dimension: me or we

Individualism or collectivism? Do you define yourself as an “I” or a “we”? In considering cultural dimensions or attributes individualism the “I” prefers independence and self-reliance As an individual you are expected to take care of yourself and your immediate family but you have no obligation to the larger community. Cultures which focus on individualism […]

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Cultural Dimension: low versus high power distance

Cultural Dimension: low versus high power distance

POWER DISTANCE Do you feel more comfortable working in a strong hierarchy or do you prefer a sense of equality with all of your colleagues? This sensibility is called “power distance” and it concerns the degree to which power is distributed and expected in an organization or other culture. How does an individual, or group […]

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Cultural Dimension: time versus relationship

Cultural Dimension: time versus relationship

Time or relationship? How do you or your company approach work? Are the people or the task more important? Which takes precedence? On one end of this spectrum is a strong focus on time and task. Nurturing your relationships with co-workers or clients is much less important than simply getting the work done and getting […]

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Cultural Dimension: display of emotion

Cultural Dimension: display of emotion

If there is conflict at work, how do you demonstrate your emotions? when you’re angry, thrilled or otherwise feel strongly about an issue, do you heat up or do you cool down? This demonstrative spectrum runs from hot to cold. From very loud to very soft. From very verbal to very restrained. Some cultures favor […]

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Cultural Dimension: achieved status versus ascribed status

Cultural Dimension: achieved status versus ascribed status

To whom do we offer 0:00:330,0:00:12.159 In some cultures your status is based on your individual achievements. In the U.S. for example we love a rags-to-riches story. During Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in two thousand and eight one of the most compelling parts of his narrative described how he had been abandoned by his father […]

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