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December 2006 Clues to Intercultural Effectiveness
Tips, Techniques and Resources
Recent News at Gallaudet University
Thomas K. Holcomb and Anna Mindess   Debut of Cultural Detective Deaf Culture TGallaudet statue

This October a significant series of events brought media and public attention to the Deaf community. Students protested the choice of a new president of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.—the only Deaf University in the world. The administration’s reaction to the protest galvanized the Deaf community. Protesters set up tent cities in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany and Ireland, showing the extent to which Deaf culture has become a global community with shared values, history and priorities.

Click on the photo of the statue of Thomas Gallaudet and Alice Cogswell at left to read the full article.

Cultural Detective Goes to School
Ruth Mastron   CD France Cover

Cultural Detective is used extensively in universities around the world. Recently, some detectives have been using the tools in schools at the primary and secondary level as well.

In her inimitable style, Ruth Mastron, co-author of Cultural Detective® France, tells a couple of stories from her "educational" experiences with Cultural Detective.

Formation of Sietar Middle East!
  Sietar Middle East

Congratulations to Sietar Middle East, a group of professional interculturalists who recently held their first meeting in Dubai. The inaugural speaker was Professor Geert Hofstede, who spoke to a crowd of fifty on November 28.

Cultural Detective Arab Gulf co-authors have played key roles in the formation of the association: Layla Al Bloushi is President of Sietar Middle East, and Abdulhamied Alromaithy is on the Board.

Recruiting, Retaining & Promoting Culturally Different Employees
Lionel Laroche and
Don Rutherford
  New Book Out December 8! Book Cover Image

Our Cultural Detective Canada co-authors have a new book that will be released about the time you read this newsletter. It is published by Butterworth-Heinemann (Elsevier).

Highly practical, the book is divided into two parts, the first focusing on the recruitment process, the second examining the retention and promotion of culturally different employees. Recruiting, Retaining and Promoting Culturally Different Employees helps organizations modify their recruitment and selection process to avoid rejecting culturally different candidates for reasons that are not related to their ability to do the job, and develop and promote culturally diverse employees to ensure that they retain and capitalize on the new ideas that these employees bring.

Click on the cover at the left to read more or to order.

Upcoming Events

Facilitator CertificationsCultural Detective's first public facilitator certification program was held in November in Chicago. Additional programs are tentatively planned for April in Houston Texas and Sofia Bulgaria (just prior to SIETAR Europa), May in Paris, July in Portland Oregon (just prior to SIIC), and November in gulf . If you are interested in attending any of these, or if you wish to host a certification program, please contact Kris Bibler.

15 December 2007, Amsterdan, NL—George Simons will be facilitating a program using the Cultural Detective France as the core tool in a program familiarising Dutch managers with the culture of their French colleagues. He and Kate Berardo just completed their second highly successful program at ESPEME using Cultural Detective USA.

20-21 April 2007, Houston TX USASIETAR Houston: Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research will host a special fundraiser to benefit the local association, to be facilitated by Dianne Hofner Saphiere. The two-day workshop will include facilitator training on several intercultural simulations, tools and activities. To remain informed about this opportunity as details become available please visit Sietar Houston.

25-29 April 2007, Sofia BulgariaSietar Europa: biannnual congress. Various authors will likely be presenting Cultural Detective sessions, including Arab Gulf and Bulgaria. Also a possible session on Ecotonos, the multicultural team simulation. Proposals for this conference accepted through the end of the year.

6 May 2007, Las Vegas NV USA—ISM: Institute for Supply Management, has invited Dianne Hofner Saphiere and Maggie Fischer from Texas Instruments to present a session entitled "Navigating the Rough Seas of Intercultural Negotiation," referencing Maggie's work with the Cultural Detective. For further information about this conference for purchasing and procurement specialists please visit ISM.

3-6 June 2007, Atlanta GA USA—ASTD: American Society for Training and Development. Dianne Hofner Saphiere and Geetha Rajagopal from Hewitt Associates will present "Effectively Managing Multicultural Talent," a session focused on the intercultural aspects of outsourcing, using Cultural Detective India as one of the resources. To learn more about this international conference please visit ASTD.

May-June 2007, Singapore—PR Academy: Raising the professionalism of Singapore government communicators, annual conference. Kathleen Curran has been invited to present "Cultural Influences in Marketing," using Cultural Detective as a major resource. To learn more about this international conference as information becomes available please visit PR Academy.

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We have archived past issues of the Cultural Detective newsletter, "Clues to Intercultural Effectiveness," as well as some past news flashes. Past issues include instructions for interesting activities, theoretical discussions about intercultural issues, and links to many intercultural resources. We trust you'll enjoy what you find.


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