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Methods, techniques and strategies for building intercultural competence
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Want to Get Interculturally “Fit”?

Want to Get Interculturally “Fit”? | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
Got intercultural competence? Want to get interculturally “fit”? Do you want to improve the success of your international negotiations? Mergers and acquisitions? Want to get more produc...
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Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
I, maybe more than most people, can completely understand why broke white folks get pissed when the word "privilege" is thrown around. As a child I was constantly discriminated against because of my poverty, and those wounds still run deep....
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Excellent article on intersectionality, layers of culture, and privilege.

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How the U.S. Media Would Cover Thanksgiving if It Were in Another Country 

How the U.S. Media Would Cover Thanksgiving if It Were in Another Country  | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
This is the fourth installment of a continuing series in which American events are described using the tropes and tone normally employed by the American media to describe events in other countries.
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LOVE this powerful series by Joshua Keating. Reminds me of the old "Nacirema" article.

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The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

The Positive Power of Negative Thinking | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
If you want to achieve a major goal, conventional wisdom says to think positive. Picture yourself delivering the perfect presentation, and absorb the energy of the audience. Envision the ideal job
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I really love this article, shared with us by Hana Bencikova. You may know I'm very interested in the cultural differences between "positivism" and "kvetching," for lack of better terms. I feel that fatalism/realism/"negativism" are far under-valued in this world of ours. Having not grown up or lived in such a culture for lengthy periods, I lack personal expertise, but feel confident in its assets nonetheless.

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New Study on How the Language We Speak Affects Us

New Study on How the Language We Speak Affects Us | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
"The structure of languages affects our judgments and decisions about the future, and this might have dramatic long-term consequences." On October 1st I read an interesting article in Scientific Am...
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We Have to Teach in Context!

We Have to Teach in Context! | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
A client called us, saying they had hired a young woman with an MS in Intercultural Communication to design courseware for them. The objective of the courseware is to improve participants' job perf...
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Multiple Homelands, Or None At All?

Multiple Homelands, Or None At All? | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
Multiple Homelands, Or None At All? - The Huffington Post
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Increasingly this is the type of "Blended Culture," global nomad, global cosmopolitan person we work with. You?

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Research Findings: The Value of Intercultural Skills in the Workplace

Research Findings: The Value of Intercultural Skills in the Workplace | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
Culture at Work: The value of intercultural skills in the workplace —A survey conducted by the British Council, Booz Allen Hamilton and Ipsos Public Affairs, of HR managers at 367 large employers i...
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The international reality in the workplace - leverage your skills to become a sought after asset in the global workplace

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This talks about how in order to do business in other cultures, that we need to understand that country, be able to speak that language, and not insult that culture without realizing that you have.  This is important if you are to branch out and do business in other countries.

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Developing Intercultural Competence — Online?

Developing Intercultural Competence — Online? | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
“While other cultural databases do an effective job of providing country overviews, Cultural Detective Online offers unique and complementary capabilities.” —Joseph K. Lunn, Project Por...
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More Cultural Appropriation: The Swastika

More Cultural Appropriation: The Swastika | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it

The swastika is sadly a symbol of genocide and the Holocaust for many; something to be reviled. There was an unsuccessful effort to ban the use of the swastika in the European Union. Seeing this symbol can bring forth indescribable pain and outrage for many people.

 

Swastika is a Sanskrit word, a religious symbol of good fortune used by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and others worldwide. It can be seen in the art of the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Celts, Native Americans, and Persians as well.

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Diversity and Attrition in the Global Executive Suite

Diversity and Attrition in the Global Executive Suite | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
A major global corporation lost a 25-year senior executive at the prime of her career. She explained in her exit interview, “The corporate culture here is too parochial and I am tired of figh...
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Do we need Cross-Cultural / Intercultural Training? « International ...

Do we need Cross-Cultural / Intercultural Training? « International ... | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
Are these questions asked in your company /organization? —————————————— How can we build good working relationships across cultures? How can I avoid offending people from a different culture? When I travel abroad, should I adapt to 'their' culture?
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Cultivate Intercultural Trust

Cultivate Intercultural Trust | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it

I searched for the second part of this, the how-to part, but sadly couldn't find it. Here, anyway, is her what not to do part....

 

"There are tangible steps that you can take to expand your ability to cultivate intercultural trust."

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Sherwood Fleming's comment, June 17, 2012 9:24 AM
Thanks so much for posting this. To clarify, this is number 7 in a series of 50, with the follow-up to be posted next week. Apologies for any confusion.
Dianne Hofner Saphiere's comment, June 17, 2012 10:10 AM
Wonderful to hear, Sherwood! Thank you! We will look forward to reading the next installment.
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Why Cultural Sensitivity Training Is Ineffective and Insensitive

Why Cultural Sensitivity Training Is Ineffective and Insensitive | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
Blogger Susana Rinderle says leadership coaching, better accountability or process improvement may be the answer to your diversity problems, not training.
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YES! Love it when we question our fundamental assumptions and get to the crux of things.

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More Than a Tourist: Living Deeply Across Cultures

More Than a Tourist: Living Deeply Across Cultures | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
Today I'm honored to have Jody Fernando guest post today at Communicating Across Boundaries. Jody blogs at Between Worlds, a blog I highlighted as a favorite new blog that I've discovered. It was m...
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Developmental Intercultural Competence Using Cultural Detective Online

Developmental Intercultural Competence Using Cultural Detective Online | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
Are you doing your best to develop cross-cultural effectiveness in your organization, and want better results? Quicker results? Longer lasting results? Or, maybe even just results—heightened produc...
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Oluwasemilogo Akinmuyiwa's curator insight, November 7, 2013 11:53 PM

The traditional approach cannot always be discounted completely. A combination of some of the various approaches we do us loads of good. Just have to be flexible in most cases.

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Strategies and Tools to Drive Measurable Diversity Impact, Part 2 | Diversity Executive Blog

Strategies and Tools to Drive Measurable Diversity Impact, Part 2 | Diversity Executive Blog | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
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We are proud to offer Ecotonos: A Multicultural Collaboration Simulation, and Redundancía: A Second Language Simulation.

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Names Across Cultures (First in a Series of Video Interviews with Authors!)

Names Across Cultures (First in a Series of Video Interviews with Authors!) | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
There are many reasons people change their names: some people have a stage name, pen name, nickname, religious name, or an earned title or name. All too frequently, however, a name is involuntarily...
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Powerful advice for teachers, team leads, and just about anyone.

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Cross-cultural Effectiveness: Cultural Detective Toolkit

This is a brief introduction to the world's only process-based intercultural competence development toolset, a collaborative project of over 140 experts worldwi
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Research Paper: The Roles of Coaching in Experiential Intercultural Coaching

Research Paper: The Roles of Coaching in Experiential Intercultural Coaching | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
By: Darren Chong
Intercultural Coach, POLAND
Research objective To find out how intercultural coaching differs from intercultural training and how both can be conducted in a multicultural team ...
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Interesting paper on the differences between intercultural coaching and training...

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Intercultural Work—Stuck in its own past? (#1 in a series)

Intercultural Work—Stuck in its own past? (#1 in a series) | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
Despite a tide swell in intercultural communication and worldwide immersion in social media, the current field of intercultural communication itself seems static. This blog post articulates five wa...
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Powerful and insightful series of six articles on intercultural communication, getting back to fundamentals, correcting course, taking us forward.

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Every Organization Needs Intercultural Competence — Free Offer

Every Organization Needs Intercultural Competence — Free Offer | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
Nearly every organization these days, even the smallest and most local, works with diverse customers, team members, vendors, and service providers. Cross-cultural competence, the ability to communi...
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Grains of Sand and Cross-cultural Adjustment

Grains of Sand and Cross-cultural Adjustment | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
Ever look at something and find it so beautiful or fascinating that it just sort of sticks with you? Perhaps it gives you a gut feeling that it speaks to something you’re working on? Then, ma...
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Cultural Detective and Cross-Cultural Transitions: Improve global business productivity with the latest intercultural competence tools and thinking.

Cultural Detective and Cross-Cultural Transitions: Improve global business productivity with the latest intercultural competence tools and thinking. | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it

Do you ever talk about culture shock? Are you responsible for helping those relocating abroad or returning from an overseas assignment? In that work, do you reference the U-curve or the W-curve? 

 

If so, your approach has some fatal flaws according to many academics (Pedersen, Berry) and practitioners, and has been completely rejected by others (Ward), as is explained in some depth in Kate Berardo’s research (Luton Business School, University of Befordshire UK).

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The Value of Cultural Competence - Updates in the Area of Human ...

The Value of Cultural Competence - Updates in the Area of Human ... | Intercultural Training (Skill Development) | Scoop.it
Exposure to new cultures and to multicultural social networks and teams is more likely to have positive consequences if those involved have been properly trained to understand and appreciate fundamental cultural differences and values that ...
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