January 2014Clues to Intercultural Effectiveness
Tips, Techniques and Resources 
Culture is Not Static, But a Dynamic System!

Another International Research Paper Supports the Cultural Detective Approach

Many of you ask us how you can make the case for and roll out a strategy for developing intercultural competence in your organizations and communities. Two of the world's major philanthropic foundations, Germany's Bertelsmann Stiftung and Italy's Fondazione Cariplo (Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde), published a research and policy paper that may help a bit in this regard. The objectives of the study were to promote tolerance, integration and cultural dialogue within Europe and with non-European partners. The paper makes several key points that are important for Cultural Detectives to understand as we go about our work.


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Design Framework for Intercultural Learning



It is said that experience is the best teacher. But learning does not lie in the experience itself; rather, it is our interpretation of the situation, the meaning we give to our experience, that provides our learning.


How might we better enable learners to constructively give meaning to their intercultural experiences? Are you looking for an easy and highly effective way to structure your next intercultural workshop or coaching session? Are you wondering how you might better enable study, abroad students to understand their experience in a way that builds cross cultural competence? Do you have employees working internationally or multiculturally, and you'd like them to learn to truly harness the potential of diversity?  


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Six Competencies Required for Global Leadership Success 


80% of CEOs and human resource professionals reported Cultural Assimilation as the greatest challenge facing successful expatriates. Study findings showed that global leadership differs from domestic leadership due to the complexity of working with people from different cultures. "The global experience results in leaders developing new worldviews, mindsets, perceptual acumen and perspectives," the white paper states. 


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Getting Closer: Facilitator Certifications 2014!

Mazatlán, MEXICO, February 21-23, 2014 

Leave the snow behind and join us for our first facilitator certification held in Latin America! 


Facilitated by Tatyana Fertelmeyster and conducted in conjunction with Cultural Detective's Tenth Anniversary Celebrations. Cost includes materials and one month of Cultural Detective Online

Atlanta, USA, March 20-22, 2014


Facilitated by Tatyana Fertelmeyster and Rita Wuebbeler. The workshop will be held on the campus of Kennesaw State University. Cost includes materials and one month of Cultural Detective Online !


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 New Brain Study Illustrates Gender Differences



A just-published study of the brain functionality of 949 young people shows striking differences in brain wiring between men and women. The authors of the study suggest that male brains are biologically structured to facilitate connectivity between perception and coordinated action (motor and spatial abilities), whereas female brains are designed to facilitate communication between analytical and intuitive processing modes (memory, social adeptness, multi-tasking). 
The study of 428 males and 521 females aged 8-22 was conducted by ten colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They used a technique called "diffusion tensor imaging" (DTI), which scans the paths travelled by water molecules around the brain.


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Mobile Work Tools

by Kathryn Stillings

  Virtual Teaming 


With mobile work styles on the rise, management styles need to change and adjust to the new reality. Along with the obvious benefits to employers and workers, there are significant drawbacks to a mobile work style, policies need to be modified, expectations made clear in different ways, and creating a cohesive work group becomes more difficult.


Any organization has its challenges in trying to shape a random collection of people into a "team" of some sort, whether it's a small group engaged in a specific project, or the group spirit that often emerges from employees working together to accomplish desired results.


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Complimentary Online Webinars!


Let your colleagues, customers and friends know about these terrific opportunities!
In these 90-minute Facilitated Online Learning Events (FOLEs), participants will learn to leverage similarities and diversity as assets, rather than minimize differences. You will experience some of the wealth of content and process available in the Cultural Detective Online system, and see how easily the system can be incorporated into existing courseware. At the conclusion of the FOLE, we will share with you a three-day complimentary pass to the Cultural Detective Online, to look around and learn at your leisure.
FOLEs are scheduled morning and evening Mazatlán, México time, for convenience in most of the world time zones. Do not miss this! Please let your networks know.


Dabbawallahs Rule!

by Sunita Nichani


The Lunchbox, by Ritesh Batra, screened during International Critic's week at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
A film set in Mumbai, around the service of the iconic dabbawallahs who ferry thousands of lunchboxes to office-goers in the crowded city without the slightest glitch. The film, however, revolves around one such lunchbox delivered to the wrong person, leading to an epistolary romance between the unintended recipient and the lonely housewife who prepares the gastronomic treats hoping to win her indifferent husband's heart through his stomach.


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The Game of Intercultural Competence


Many thanks to Cultural Detective author George Simons and his colleague Wiebke Döscher, who have put together a small diversophy game about holiday food habits across cultures and traditions, and offered it free to their colleagues to play.



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