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Core value: “Me vs We” — an introduction

In the last lesson, we introduced the concept of core values. We also looked at why understanding your own core values is the first step in developing good intercultural competence — the ability to connect well and prevent or overcome misunderstandings with anyone from any culture. One of the most fundamental value differences is whether we are oriented more towards the success and well-being of the group or towards the …

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Understanding core values

Understanding core values Last week we introduced 13 values that lie at the core of American culture, along with 13 contrasting values that lie at the core of some other cultures in the world. Now we will explain more about values and why the first step in intercultural competence is to identify and become familiar with your own core values. Values are the seeds of human behaviour Another way of …

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Values Americans live by

Values that underlie American behavior In April 1984, L. Robert Kohls, who at the time was Executive Director of the Washington (DC) International Center, published a short paper titled “The Values Americans Live By”. This seems like a long time ago — 36 years — in today’s rapidly changing world, but national culture changes very, very slowly, and the 13 values that Kohls and his colleagues had identified as being …

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