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A powerful and extremely adaptable simulation, Ecotonos breaks the usual stereotypes and barriers. Participants improve their skills and strategies for multicultural collaboration and teamwork. Ecotonos can be used multiple times with the same people by selecting a new problem and different variables, with each replay offering new and different cross-cultural perspectives. Eight to fifty (or even a thousand) participants form three groups and create their own cultures. Participants begin to work in their monocultural groups, then mix groups to continue the task multiculturally. The simulation and debriefing require a minimum of two hours. The debriefing includes the highly effective method of process mapping. Ecotonos comes with an instruction manual, cultural name tags, 30 sets of rule cards, three prewritten case studies and three team tasks. For US$295, the new FIFTH EDITION comes in a small, hard plastic case for easier transport, and includes: debrief instructions to complete the simulation in two hours; explanation of the intercultural theory inherent in the simulation; full instructions for using the various handouts on intercultural collaboration; expanded sections on adapting Ecotonos to a variety of cultures and situations. Authored by Dianne Hofner Saphiere. Read a research study showing Ecotonos' effectiveness in developing cultural intelligence (CQ). See a review of Ecotonos. Click here for customer comments. To order click
Requiring about 10 minutes to conduct and about 30 minutes to debrief, this extremely powerful simulation helps participants experience speaking a language non-fluently, how it affects one's ability to stay focused and connected with the listener, and how it influences one's feelings of competence and confidence. Participants also experience listening to second language speakers, and notice their own tendencies to help or to become distracted.
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In addition to these stories and reflections about cross-cultural misunderstandings, this expanded edition contains exercises that can be used as springboards for developing intercultural competence. At the end of each chapter there are questions and activities designed to develop and heighten cultural self-awareness and sensitivity to people from other cultural backgrounds. These activities are suitable for individuals, students, and groups of all backgrounds and professions.
This edition's new chapter, “Globalization and its Disconnects: Convergence Without Context,” focuses on spiraling cross-cultural mis-perceptions in the areas of religion, migration, and technology. Interactive intercultural activities help readers understand and develop useful strategies to cope with the disrupting cultural disconnects of globalization.
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Shinrai is a high quality audio CD and 24-page booklet that helps busy executives build lasting and fruitful business relationships in Japan, and with Japanese colleagues. The approach is a combination of cultural insights and relationship-building phrases. Learn Japanese common sense, which may be vastly different from that which you were raised. Develop comfort with several high-impact phrases in Japanese, not "standard" phrases, but phrases that truly show your sincerity and make a difference. Whether you travel to Japan on business, work via phone and email with Japanese, or live and work in Japan, this CD will improve your productivity and effectiveness in your day-to-day dealings. US$39.95, with volume discounts available. Read reviews of Shinrai. For inquiries please contact
Success Strategies, a new book with chapters by Cultural Detective authors Dianne Hofner Saphiere and Kathleen Curran, as well as Warren Bennis, Brian Tracey, and Marjorie Blanchard, contains chapters on both intercultural business effectiveness and diversity. US$19.95. For inquiries please contact