July-August 2013
Clues to Intercultural Effectiveness
Tips, Techniques and Resources 

Many, many thanks to our ever-growing community for the numerous terrific exercises, activities and resources that you have so generously shared with others, designed to enhance and supplement a Cultural Detective core. Together we can build a more equitable, respectful, collaborative and sustainable world!
Long-Awaited Cultural Detective Latino/Hispanic Debuts! 

Over 50 Million Latinos Reside in the USA

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Latinos are the largest, fastest-growing, and one of the most influential socio-economic ethnic groups in the USA. More than 50 million Latinos reside in the US today. By 2050, one-in-four US Americans are projected to be of Hispanic descent.


We encounter Latinos in virtually every setting, including business, education, healthcare, politics and in our communities-at-large. It's time to gain an even deeper understanding of Latinos and to continue building more successful organizations and communities.


Cultural Detective Latino / Hispanic is available as part of a Cultural Detective Online subscription, or via license as a printable PDF. The package features a Values Lens, real life scenarios, best practices and a broad selection of reference materials for further study. 
Cultural Detective Latino/Hispanic is a powerful tool for human resources professionals, training experts, line managers, team leads or interculturalists who are dedicated to improving organizational effectiveness in a broad variety of settings. Many thanks to everyone who so generously shared their experience, expertise, time and talent to make this package a reality!



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Two New Tools to Help Enhance Productivity & Satisfaction

What would your organization be able to accomplish if your people really trusted one another? If they were able to collaborate in ways that bring out the best in each other? If they were focused on goals, and used their differences to spur innovation?! 

Which new markets might you penetrate, and how much time, money and frustration might you save, if your people developed cross-cultural competencies? 


Cultural Detective materials are easy to use, get immediate results, yet are developmental and theoretically grounded. You can use them on your own, with a coach, or in a classroom; as a stand-alone, or woven into global management or leadership programs, multicultural workforce or study abroad prep. 


We have released two new tools to help you build the case for intercultural competence, diversity and inclusion in your organization. The first is a downloadable PowerPoint slideshow. The second is a new brochure, available for online viewing or for download and sharing.


Thank you for joining us to build respect, innovation, collaboration and equity across cultures!  

Three Terrific Activities for You to Use

Using Our Perceptions to Discover Ourselves:
Two Iconic Embraces

We often hear that feedback says as much about the person giving the feedback as it does about the subject of the evaluation.


Our perceptions can tell us loads about ourselves. Take a quick look at the photo below, and take a few notes on what you see.  


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The Power of French Food Culture...Even for Selling Men's Underwear!

The ads shocked my Chinese students; underwear in the kitchen? References to a man's genitals in a TV ad? 


Not only does it reflect in an amusing and extraordinary way the seduction of food in French culture, it also reveals a theme of sensuality that is commonly accepted in the French public square. 


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Using Army Recruitment Ads to Develop Cross-cultural Skills

Looking for exercises and activities for practicing cross-cultural skills? We at Cultural Detective emphasize that intercultural competence takes practice, is a practice, and cross-training with alternative approaches can help develop strong skills. Here is an approach that I personally never would have thought of, but that is really powerful! 


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TCK (Third Culture Kid) Stories On Film


Third culture kids, or "TCKs." One type of Blended Culture, TCK refers to those of us who have grown up in multiple locations and enlarged our definitions of "home." We have multiple homes, all near and dear to us. We have multiple cultures, some of which we may be more fluent in than others, and all of which hold deep meaning for us. And, we have created "third cultures," "blended cultures," a global, multicultural or cosmopolitan definition of self and family


The Blended Culture experience is increasingly common. As an expatriate myself, my son is a TCK with multiple national culture affiliations; it's crucial for me to understand a bit of his experience if I am to parent him appropriately. I pray he grows up to reconcile his identity in constructive, multicultural ways. For those of us who work in international business, schools, study abroad, and with immigrants, it is also extremely helpful to understand at least a bit about the TCK experience. Three recent films may help us do just that.


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Building Sustainable Partnerships Across Cultures



Hi everyone! We have added a new service for our community members, and trust you will join us in putting it to good use to build equitable and sustainable partnerships across cultures.
Cultural Detective now has a page where you can ask us a question, and we will text or videotape an answer to you. Click on the link above to view questions and answers, or share your question with us. We look forward to the dialogue!

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Powerful Elements of Spiral Learning



As educators and trainers, we often find ourselves needing to sort class members into small groups for an activity. Tried and true ways include having participants "number off" or color, coding their name tags. But even the ways in which we divide our students or trainees into small groups can contribute to learning and enjoyment: it can ground learners in the topic at hand, reinforce key points, provide insight into ourselves and others, and help develop teamwork.


In short, the way we divide into groups can become a subtle yet powerful element of spiral learning. For those of us who teach intercultural communication or diversity and inclusion, it can be helpful to divide into groups in ways that encourage learning about similarities and differences.


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How Does "culture" Evolve in to "Culture"? 

Tango! Kabuki! Bollywood! Jazz! What Do They Have in Common?

Tango! Kabuki! Bollywood! Jazz! You have to admit they all sound exciting full of life, excitement, drama and...culture. Each is currently the basis of a hugely lucrative industry, and many of us greatly enjoy at least one of these art forms.


But what do the histories of these four forms of entertainment from such divergent places on our planet have in common?


Each has its origins among the poor, underprivileged and marginalized of society. And each was, at some point, much maligned and considered improper and lacking decorum. Several of these now popular forms of entertainment were banned, some more than once, before they grew in popularity and finally gained respectability.  


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