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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DiversityDNA: your unique cultural DNA profile

DiversityDNA: your unique cultural DNA profile

We often see others as one or two dimensional. We tend to identify people with shorthand – the Italian guy, the red-haired woman, the Chinese kid – well-meaning generally but we reduce that person to a single characteristic you do it and it’s done to you yet none of us is a singular characteristic. The […]

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Introduction to Human Rights | Lesson 11: “Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”

Introduction to Human Rights | Lesson 11: “Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”

I’m talking about economic, social, and cultural Rights. First, some history. In the late 1940s a British sociologist, T.H. Marshall, mapped the historical progress of rights in a way that linked civil rights with the eighteenth century, political rights with the nineteenth century, and social rights were seen as the great leap forward that would […]

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Pride and Prejudice Part 1: Crash Course Literature #411

Hi I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature and it is a truth universally acknowledged that a video series about world literature must be in want of a Jane Austen episode. / So here it is. Today, we’ll be discussing Pride and Prejudice, Austen’s Regency-era novel of life, liberty and bonnets. The book was […]

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