Communicate on the Same Wavelength



It turns out that there is a correlation of cultural factors indicated by Geert Hofstede, namely individualism, distance to power, masculinity and avoidance of uncertainty, with the average results of the big five (McCrae, Terracciano, 2005). For example, individualism correlates with extraversion, and conscientiousness correlates with high hierarchy.
Culture shock is a concept related to the emotions we experience when interacting with another culture. This process is typically divided into several stages: honeymoon, negotiation, adjustment. The names are self-descriptive enough to understand their essence. Culture shock in business increases business risk. It’s easy to commit a faux pas, even (or maybe especially) when […]
Measuring cross-cultural differences requires defining the various dimensions of a culture. A similar process is needed to measure personality differences. Describing the dimensions of a culture in the business context has been going on since the 1960s. Let us list, in turn, distinguishing the dimensions of high-context and low-context cultures according to E.T.Hall’s model, the […]
Since business stopped being local and became global, cross-cultural problems are much more difficult to overcome than, for example, language barriers. Although initially they are less visible, it soon turns out that their impact on everyday functioning is huge. While language conveys information, culture carries language like the ocean carries a boat. It is sometimes […]
People with a precise communication style can be recognized by the fact that their statements are structured and the threads are clearly related to each other. Such people try to think about what they will say, are reluctant to speak out on trivial matters, and strive to be concise. In short, their statements carry weight […]
Cultural differences are differences in the way of looking at and interpreting the same things, situations, symbols, relationships, messages, etc. In business practice, it comes down to the fact that we interpret the employee-employer relationship differently, we consider different things to be acceptable or unacceptable, we judge people differently and what we expect from a […]
Culture explains to us the rules that govern the world – and most of us are convinced that these rules are universal. There could be no greater mistake. What are cultural differences? With cultural differences, the problem isn’t what we can see or observe i.e., different types of clothing, food, music or customs. These are […]
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