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3 Steps to Defining Your Corporate Values - Fierce Leadership Blog - Fierce, Inc.

3 Steps to Defining Your Corporate Values - Fierce Leadership Blog - Fierce, Inc. | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

Defining your company’s corporate values can seem like a daunting task given it’s importance in setting your corporate culture. 

 

After all, you culture determines how your employees will achieve all those lofty goals you made. While it isn’t an exercise to be taken lightly, it doesn’t need to be weighed down in process.

 

Follow these 3 steps to uncover your values while fully engaging your team.


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I just found this blog and really enjoy their articles.  They are relevant and specific with their content. 

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5 Ways Your Brain Is Tricking You into Being Miserable

5 Ways Your Brain Is Tricking You into Being Miserable | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to be happy, but the biggest obstacle to that is the mushy thing inside your skull that you think with.
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The brain is designed to put more weight on negative thoughts than on positive ones.

 

This imbalance takes us away from experiencing positive emotions such as joy, gratitude or hope.

 

Having positive emotions helps us become relaxed, playful and learn new skills more easily.

 

However, it is important to have a certain amount of negative emotions to be able to be creative and resilient.

 

Related references: 

 

Updated Thinking on Positivity Ratios Barbara L. Fredrickson

http://www.unc.edu/peplab/publications/Fredrickson%202013%20Updated%20Thinking.pdf

 

Perception and Behavior: How To Stimulate Creativity:

http://www.slideshare.net/aegros1/perception-and-behavior-25566150


 
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Plus de 2 Russes sur 3 soutiennent le Kremlin face aux sanctions

Plus de 2 Russes sur 3 soutiennent le Kremlin face aux sanctions | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Plus de deux Russes sur trois approuvent la politique du Kremlin face à l'Occident, bien que le nombre de Russes inquiets des sanctions occidentales contre Moscou a doublé depuis septembre, selon un sondage publié mardi.Près de la moitié des Russes (47%) estiment que les sanctions, imposées par l'Occident contre la Russie pour son rôle dans la crise ukrainienne, pourront constituer de sérieuses ou d'assez sérieuses difficultés pour leur famille, soit presque le double par rapport en septembre (26%)
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More than two out of three Russians approve the policy of the Kremlin about the sanctions imposed by the West against Russia.


Nearly a third of Russians (34%) believes that "Russia must respond decisively with its own sanctions," and almost as many are in favor of "ignore" the pressures of the West.


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Women Urged to Seek Expat Experience to Develop Leadership

It is generally understood that global leadership differs significantly from domestic leadership and that, as a result, expatriates need to be equipped with competencies that will help them succeed in an international environment. Commonly accepted global leadership competencies, for both male and female global leaders include cultural awareness, open-mindedness, and flexibility. However, during the research for our book, we found that there are four global leadership competencies that are shared among female expatriate leaders. They are:

Self-awareness. Know your strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, which are all based on your values, and use this knowledge to make critical decisions.
Conscious imbalance. Tip the scales toward what gives you energy and fulfillment with the realization that the scales will need to be rebalanced on a regular basis.
Operating outside your comfort zone. Embrace challenges coming from new experiences by tolerating ambiguity and remaining calm.
Active career management. Know what you want from your career and actively work on achieving it.
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In Russia, I see more and more men willing to take the role of "following" expat partners who take care of family responsibilities and therefore more women who take managerial positions. Those women are working for big global companies and come from all over the world,  I met men coming from France, Turkey, Israel, or United-States for example.

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FIGT - Why Cultures Shock

FIGT - Why Cultures Shock | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

Contributed by Diane Lemieux, a Canadian/Dutch writer who has lived in 11 countries and speaks 4 languages. Her latest book is The Mobile LIfe: a new approach to moving anywhere. Find her blog at http://diane-lemieux.com/mobilelife/

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A very nice story about cultural differences and how to deal with them while living abroad as an #expat

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Falling Ruble Drives Out Expats and Hits Hard Immigrants #Russia

Falling Ruble Drives Out Expats and Hits Hard Immigrants #Russia | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
The Western sanctions hurled at Russia over its annexation of Crimea and involvement in Ukraine may have had one unintended (or perhaps intended?) side effect — the mass exodus of foreigners earning money on the magically disappearing ruble.
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Russia’s surging inflation rate will remain high through spring of next year, propelled by the devaluation of the ruble currency and the steep cost of Moscow’s bans on food imports from Western countries that sanctioned it over Ukraine. ( https://zestnzen.wordpress.com/2014/11/30/russian-central-bank-forecasts-winter-of-high-inflation/&nbsp )

 

Expats already started to leave massively from August 2014 and it is very likely that this trend with accelerate as the European Union  has no plans to ease Russia sanctions. ( http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/19/us-ukraine-crisis-eu-idUSKBN0KS0JJ20150119)

 

The Ruble crisis also hit hard immigrants from countries that rely heavily on rubles sent home. In the region, most vulnerable countries are the central Asian countries of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Source: @guardian:  “Russia’s ruble crisis poses threat to nine countries relying on remittances”  http://gu.com/p/45xjh/tw

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Russian Central Bank Forecasts Winter of High Inflation

Russian Central Bank Forecasts Winter of High Inflation | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

Russia's surging inflation rate will remain high through spring of next year, propelled by the devaluation of the ruble currency and the steep cost of Moscow's bans on food imports from Western countries that sanctioned it over Ukraine.

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Russia’s surging inflation rate will remain high through spring of next year, propelled by the devaluation of the ruble currency and the steep cost of Moscow’s bans on food imports from Western countries that sanctioned it over Ukraine.

 

The rapid tumble of the ruble, which has lost a third of its value so far this year, has accelerated inflation by raising the price of foreign imports.

 

The Russia ban on Western fresh product imports has triggered a rise in locally produced food prices such as pork and poultry.

Lack of competition from cheaper imported products is  benefiting domestic producers. so for Russian consumers everything is getting more expensive.

 

However sanctions are not the major problem when it comes to the ruble,. The two main factors that contribute to weakening  of the Russian economy are:

 

1-The costs of borrowing money, which increased even more than a year before the Western sanctions over Russian banks were applied in September.

 

2–The sharp decrease of  the oil price under $100 per barrel. The OPEC announced late on November 27 that the oil cartel would not cut production, sending the price of oil  around $70 per barrel.  The announcement also sent the Russian ruble lower to the U.S. dollar and euro. The ruble dropped to over 50 against the U.S. dollar late on November 28 and dropped to 62.03 against the euro in early trading recovering to 61.41 by the close of the day.

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Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions: Understanding Workplace Values Around the World

Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions: Understanding Workplace Values Around the World | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Learn how Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions can help you be more sensitive to the different needs and expectations of people around the world.
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Hofstede's cultural dimensions is a very powerful tool for understanding the basics of cross-cultural communication and intercultural leadership. This article includes a good video. 

 

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understanding the differences in cultures and leveraging them is an important workplace and life skill....

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22 Things Happy People Do Differently - Successify!

22 Things Happy People Do Differently - Successify! | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

There are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who choose to be unhappy.

 

Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it comes from within. 

Anne Egros's insight:

22 things that should become habits.

 

Coach tip: Start writing in a journal your daily activity based on this list

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donhornsby's curator insight, August 29, 2014 8:51 AM

(From the article): The richest person in the world could be miserable while a person living in the slums of a third world country could be happy and content. I have spent plenty of time amongst both groups to have seen it first hand. Happy people are happy because they make themselves happy. They maintain a positive outlook on life and remain at peace with themselves.

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Ukraine Crisis? U.S. Trade With Russia Grows in March Despite Standoff

Ukraine Crisis? U.S. Trade With Russia Grows in March Despite Standoff | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Rising U.S.-Russian tensions over the continued disorder in Ukraine didn’t derail trade between the two Cold War rivals in March.
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U.S. Good exports to Russian totaled just $11 billion in 2013 

 

Russia doesn't rank among the top 15 U.S. trading partners, according to the Commerce Department.

 

So far this year, total trade with Russia ranks just ahead of Ireland, and behind that of Colombia and Thailand.

 

Russia supplies oil, metals and fertilizer to the U.S. and imports American machinery, vehicles and food.

 

Europeans are much more dependent than the U.S. on imports and exports with Russia:

 

Up to 75% of Foreign Direct Investment stocks in Russia come from EU Member States  

 

Russia is the third trading partner of the EU and the EU is the first trading partner of Russia.                                                                      

Source : http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/countries/russia/

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Expat Life: Culture Shock May Be Inevitable But Pain Is Optional

Expat Life: Culture Shock May Be Inevitable But Pain Is Optional | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

At one point or another new expats will get a "lecture" about "Culture Shock" as it is explained in this video: Not every expats experience that sequence of emotional reactions ...

 

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Culture shock is a series of emotional states that people experience when they live in a different culture or country.

 

I think it is important to let go about the theory and listen to each individual, not all expats are alike so are their emotional states.

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How Different Cultures Understand Time

How Different Cultures Understand Time | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Time may seem universal, but different cultures interpret it very differently.
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Time perception across cultures

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Organizational Culture, Russian Style

Organizational Culture, Russian Style | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
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Corporate culture in Russian companies is  young (20  years old) and is still in the process of being formed.

 

Foreign companies bring us a culture that has been developed over decades,

 

The general differences include the fact that foreign [organizational] culture is more transparent, while there is more impulsiveness and uncertainty in Russian companies,

 

“The local approach to forming and managing a corporate culture is characterized by being a young, ambitious and dynamic but anarchic process, while in Europe and the U.S. there are a number of standard practices,

 

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Indulgence vs. Restraint – Do we need this 6th Dimension in Intercultural Training and Coaching ?

Indulgence vs. Restraint – Do we need this 6th Dimension in Intercultural Training and Coaching ? | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
What insights does Hofstede’s 6th and least frequently discussed dimension on Indulgence vs. Restraint give us to help us to collaborate more effectively with people from other cultures?
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I don't think this is a valid dimension and would really like to see the study behind it.

For example : 

I don't think United States is a more indulgent culture than France. In the USA there is no law that oblige employers to give paid holidays while in France by law people work only 35 hours/week but also have more than 5 weeks of paid holidays per year compared to 25 % of American workers that don't take their vacation. 

 

Paid maternity leave is also much more in France than in the US : six weeks before birth and up to 8 weeks after birth.

 

People don't work on Sundays in France and you cannot do your shopping 24/7 as you do in USA, Japan or Russia.These are FACTS not from empirical studies. 

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Number of Western Foreigners in Russia Drops by Half a Million | News

Number of Western Foreigners in Russia Drops by Half a Million | News | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

The executive director of real estate agency Evans Property Services, told The Moscow Times that there were about 20 percent fewer requests for Moscow home rentals for expats in the last quarter of 2014.

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"The main reason that expats are leaving is that if they are paid in dollars, euros, pounds, etc., then they have suddenly become doubly expensive," he said.


Foreigners who come over on a corporate contract, "will stay if their particular business is doing OK, but many will find themselves sent home or to another market."

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Malika Sorel : «Voir la France tant humiliée, violentée, m'est devenu insupportable»

Malika Sorel : «Voir la France tant humiliée, violentée, m'est devenu insupportable» | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Le choix de sa propre identité doit en effet être libre et non contraint. La liberté d'être est, à mes yeux, la plus importante qui soit. Par contre, il est évident que nul ne peut être exonéré du respect, sur un territoire donné, des normes collectives qui correspondent à l'héritage politique et culturel du peuple auquel ce territoire appartient.
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Very interesting article (in French) about immigration, religion, diversity, cultural values, religious symbols and secularism in France.

 

I basically said the same thing in an article that I wrote about being an expat and respecting the host country's values, history, customs by simply keeping private your cultural differences. 

 

"I simply cannot drop everything that makes me who I am,  my cultural values, beliefs, language and traditions in the name of integration or even in the name of respect for my host country as long as the way I behave is not hurting anybody’s feelings or their own values

""https://zestnzen.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/french-integration-system-produces-segregation-by-egalitarian-ideology/

 

Of course the complex problem of immigration, assimilation and, diversity  in France is far more complex than what I experience as an expatriate but I still understand the basic needs of people to belong to a community they share values with.

 

Educating yourself about your host country's culture  in depth is a must for all expatriates and evidently for people who get the nationality of their host country and establish themselves there. 

 
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Very interesting article (in French) about immigration, religion, diversity, cultural values, religious symbols and secularism in France.

 

I basically said the same thing in an article that I wrote about being an expat and respecting the host country's values, history, customs by simply keeping private your cultural differences. 

 

"I simply cannot drop everything that makes me who I am,  my cultural values, beliefs, language and traditions in the name of integration or even in the name of respect for my host country as long as the way I behave is not hurting anybody’s feelings or their own values

""https://zestnzen.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/french-integration-system-produces-segregation-by-egalitarian-ideology/


Of course the complex problem of immigration, assimilation and, diversity  in France is far more complex than what I experience as an expatriate but I still understand the basic needs of people to belong to a community they share values with.

 

Educating yourself about your host country's culture  in depth is a must for all expatriates and evidently for people who get the nationality of their host country and establish themselves there. 


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The Cure for Culture Shock | The Mobile Life

The Cure for Culture Shock | The Mobile Life | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
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II really like the metaphor in this article :

 

In popular writing today, culture shock is most often described as a virus: you step off the plane in a new country and BANG you catch a bug.

 

The culture shock terminology gives us the impression that the emotions we go through – the frustration, confusion and irritation – is all the fault of a little virus called ‘the other culture’.

 

But it isn’t.

 

The cause of our discomfort is actually ‘change’. 

 

 Three basic approaches to change:

 

1-Resist change in which case you tend to feel anxiety, irritation, anger, disorientation etc from when change occurs until a time when you have adjusted to the situation;

 

2-Wait and see what change will bring in which case you sometimes feel anxiety flu and sometimes don’t depending on how you perceive the new situation;

 

3-Proactively take initiatives to deal with change in which case you tend feel pretty positive in change situations and may only get flu-like symptoms during certain particularly difficult moments.

 

Not mentioned in the article, based on my own experience as a global manager and coach, I suggest some ideas about change that individual expats can borrow from global leaders to manage their life abroad.

 

Top 7  key attitudes of strategic global leaders and managers:

 

1.Create a compelling vision shared by all stakeholders (you and family members)

 

2.Create farsighted strategies to achieve the vision (what do you want to achieve during the time you stay in a new country? Goals ? )

 

3.Be willing to accept failures (don't be shy, try new things that you would not do at "home")

 

4.Focus on  inspiring and empowering people while providing  honest feedback with cultural sensitivity (start first to understand and then be understood)

 

5.Make work stimulating, challenging and rewarding. Say “thank you” often.

 

6.Create sense of teamwork across cultures 

 

7.Embrace diversity and leverage cultural differences for excellence

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"French integration system produces segregation by egalitarian logic"

"French integration system produces segregation by egalitarian logic" | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
In the original article « Notre système d’intégration produit des ségrégations en se pensant égalitaire », Patrick Simon, a French sociologist. offers an overview of the French integration model :
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What does it Mean To Be French ?  Has The French Secularism Model Failed?  

What does it Mean To Be French ?  Has The French Secularism Model Failed?   | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

After two weeks following the massacre of Charlie Hebdo Magazine’s journalists, tensions are rising in France with a sharp increase of anti-Muslim incidents and internationally with several violent anti- French protests in response to the caricature of the Prophet Muhammad across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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Expat Life With a Double Buggy: 5 Reasons Everyone Should be an Expat at Least Once in Their Lives

Expat Life With a Double Buggy: 5 Reasons Everyone Should be an Expat at Least Once in Their Lives | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
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Eight Things You Should Do On LinkedIn As Soon As You Get Laid Off

Eight Things You Should Do On LinkedIn As Soon As You Get Laid Off | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
After I posted a story last week with the headline, “What To Do As Soon As You Get Laid Off,” I hosted a chat on Forbes’ LinkedIn page and fielded questions and comments from readers. One comment came in from UK-based Jack McLaren-Stewart, who works in sales for a company [...]
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The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding

The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
A comprehensive look at the role color plays in marketing and how it impacts customer engagement.
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Meanings of colors vary greatly across cultures and depends on individual experiences. 

 

This article contains interesting studies on colors and branding and impact on consumer behaviors toward the brand

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Dealing with conflict in the matrix - Personnel Today

Dealing with conflict in the matrix - Personnel Today | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
As “matrix” management replaces more traditional top-down organisational structures, it can create new people-management issues. Chief executive of Global Integration Kevan Hall explains...
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How do you teach conflict management in matrix organizations ?

 

Increased opportunity for conflict in a matrix can include the following:

 

→In a matrix, employees have more than one boss and work on multiple teams. Resources are shared more widely across the organisation and this can create competition for resources.

 

→Working with more diverse groups of colleagues from different functional, corporate and national cultures, and different perspectives and values, can easily cause misunderstanding.

 

→Virtual teams often have limited opportunities to meet face to face; instead they are working together through email, webinars, video and other tools, all of which make misunderstandings more likely

 

→Leaders who are used to a more “command and control” way of working may find it difficult to adapt to accountability without control and influence without authority and may respond by trying to increase their control over activities.

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(From the article) A typical sequence for resolving conflict has four stages – recognizing the problem, understanding the differences, creating shared purpose, and building and delivering agreements. Having recognized the problem, the next three phases involve moving past understanding the differences into finding common ground and deciding how you are going to work together in the future. These three phases are much more difficult to deliver remotely, particularly at the early stage where there is often an emotional component to the discussions.

 

Meet face to face if you possibly can at this stage, as it is important to understand what people think and feel and also to understand why. You then need to look hard for existing points of commonality, which often means finding the common business goal.

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The New Science of Building Great Teams

The New Science of Building Great Teams | Global Leaders | Scoop.it
Why do some teams consistently deliver high performance while other, seemingly identical teams struggle? .
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Led by Sandy Pentland, researchers at MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory set out to solve that puzzle. Hoping to decode the “It factor” that made groups click, they equipped teams from a broad variety of projects and industries (comprising 2,500 individuals in total) with wearable electronic sensors that collected data on their social behavior for weeks at a time.

 

 

With remarkable consistency, the data showed that the most important predictor of a team’s success was its communication patterns. Those patterns were as significant as all other factors—intelligence, personality, talent—combined. In fact, the researchers could foretell which teams would outperform simply by looking at the data on their communication, without even meeting their members.

 

In this article Pentland shares the secrets of his findings and shows how anyone can engineer a great team. He has identified three key communication dynamics that affect performance: energy,engagement, and exploration. Drawing from the data, he has precisely quantified the ideal team patterns for each. Even more significant, he has seen that when teams map their own communication behavior over time and then make adjustments that move it closer to the ideal, they can dramatically improve their performance.

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Christopher Zubiate, MSW's curator insight, November 21, 2014 5:33 PM

Better advice than "there is no I in T E A M"

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The Chemistry of Positive Social Interactions In Leadership

The Chemistry of Positive Social Interactions In Leadership | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

Oxytocin has been described as the molecule of social connection associated with positive traits like trust, cooperation, and empathy. Judith and Richard Glaser published an article in HBR on the results of a study that analyzed the hormonal response of positive and negative behaviors in managers. 

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High- and low-context cultures

High- and low-context cultures | Global Leaders | Scoop.it

 Introduction of "high-context culture" vs "low-context culture". These concepts were first introduced by anthropologist Edward Twitchell Hall. 

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A High-context culture can be defined as “a culture that emphasizes the context of the situation in which communication occurs”.


A low-context culture can be defined as “a culture that emphasizes the (verbal) content of messages while paying less attention to the context of the situation in which communication occurs”.

Below are some examples of high- and low-context cultures:

 

High-context cultures:               Low-context cultures:
Algerian                                         Australian
Bhutanese                                     Canadian
Belorussian                                    Danish
Chinese                                          Dutch
Filipino                                            English
French                                            Finnish
Greek                                             German
Indian                                              Irish
Indonesian                                      New Zealand
Italian                                              Norwegian
Japanese                                        Swedish
Korean                                            Swiss
Libyan                                             US
Nepali
Persian
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese

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