Look carefully at the image above. What do you pay attention to first?
Do you first pay attention to that there are three squares or do you first pay attention to the three different colors?
How much cultural intelligence do you have?
In Gugin we teach leaders around the world to become more cultural intelligent so that they can avoid cultural conflicts. And if a cultural conflict arises they will know how to reconcile it because they possess a high level of cultural intelligence. Developing cultural intelligence is like climbing a ladder. It is something you develop one step at a time. In Gugin we have 2 course modules to help you climb the cultural intelligence ladder. They are calles Cultural Intelligence 1 and Cultural Intelligence 2.
One of the first thing we have to learn is to start focusing on the commonalities when we bring different cultures together. What did you answer to the question above? If you answered three squares you most likely have a high level of cultural intelligence. If you answered 3 colors you might consider why you start by focusing on the differences rather than the commonalities.
Start with commonalities
If we start by focusing on the differences when we are in a multicultural setting it might be difficult to see the commononalities later on because we are trapped in the stereotypes. The Dutch research Geert Hofstede created stereotypes about nationalities and by that he fueled more cultural conflicts despite his objective hopefully was the opposite.
If, however we start focusing on the commonalities the differences become less important and more manageable. It may sound simple but please take a moment to reflect and think about what your approach usually is.
This teaser is ofcourse not enough to assess how much cultural intelligence you have, but hopefully you got an idea of how easy it is to get things wrong, and hopefully you will get in touch with us to learn more about how much cultural intelligence impacts performance of both leaders and the organisations they work for.
If you will like to learn more please get in touch either from the contact form on our website or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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