Read on to learn about: Some things to keep in mind when entering the world of Cultural Intelligence or Cross Cultural Communication. Why accepting differences isn’t enough. Some questions to ask yourself when something frustrates you. Other ways of eating yogurt.
Almost all my life I thought I was strange. I ate yogurt with salt in the country of yogurt+granola+jam packets. I found this disgusting, just like my compatriots thought my yogurt and salt mixture was disgusting, as I learned later. And then I discovered Cultural Intelligence. And then somehow, as if by magic, my life improved - I worked better, I worked smarter, my productivity increased and my opportunities expanded. And all by simply understanding and taking advantage of Cultural Intelligence.
Before we jump into Cultural Intelligence process and cultural concepts, we have to know a few things:
The process of “moving on” means not only understanding that “strange” is a relative concept, but also accepting that “strange” doesn’t really exist exactly because it is relative.
Lesson: acceptance is not enough. We have to push ourselves to understand the
difference, the root of it – Why might this person be doing this? What do I think is strange
about this? Why do I think this is strange? – and how to make things work because of,
and in spite of, those differences.
Final thoughts: So the next time your flatmate, client, coworker or partner does something you just don’t understand, like putting salt in their yogurt (or not responding to your email, or saying they’ll do something then not do it) remember that “strange” and “normal” don’t really exist. Then, from this slightly more objective view, think:
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That's 6 countries, 3 languages and 2 religions. Expat, immigrant, refugee, TCK, there are lots of things you can call me, but I prefer Shiva.