IN APRIL 2018, CULTURAL MIXOLOGY TURNS 10
(WE CAN’T BELIEVE IT EITHER!)
We are grateful to have served as a strategic thinking partner, through coaching, training, mentoring, and consulting, to support such a wide range of individuals and organizations that are faced with multicultural challenges.
In honor of our 10th birthday, we went back to the archives to find 10 of our favorite reasons why #culturematters:
- Because determining whether you and your colleagues are more like peaches or coconuts can be a powerful tool in managing expectations and understanding relationship boundaries.
2. Because 55.3% of Chinese millennials share everything online (vs. 28.3% of American millennials) and you should know where this powerful group of Chinese consumers is sharing, purchasing, and connecting.
3. Because if you’re in South Africa, you should know what it means to wait for your colleague to “pitch up” for the meeting.
4. Because dating and culture are not mutually exclusive! Many lessons learned from dating, or simply relationships in general, will help us work more successfully across cultures.
5. Because effective communication in Germany requires being thorough, credible, and “intense”.
6. Because in the Middle East women tend to greet each other by shaking hands and kissing on the cheek two or three times. In Syria, Lebanon and Jordan you kiss two times, whereas in the UAE, KSA, and Egypt you tend to kiss three or more times.
7. Because generations are cultures too and experiences, values, and behaviors often don’t translate from country to country! Missed our quiz? Try it now.
8. Because it’s a myth that Americans are rude and inconsiderate. While the culture values frankness and honesty in communication, styles switch from very direct when circumstances are positive to slightly indirect when providing negative feedback.
9. Because in Brazil, jeitinhos (often used to describe shortcuts, particularly through bureaucratic challenges) are not necessarily negative. They’re part of the cultural flexibility and creativity!
10. Because you definitely don’t want to be the “tall poppy” in Australia.