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Coping with Life in Quarantine: 5 Strategies for Dealing with Uncertainty and Change

The 5Rs of Culture Change was developed by Kate Berardo to help people deal with the uncertainties and stress of transition when moving across cultures (e.g. taking a job in a different country). I’ve adapted the 5Rs to give you a framework for dealing with the uncertainty of this time of pandemic and all the changes in your life, such as quarantine, self-isolation, working from home, job loss, kids home …

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How to Communicate Clearly to Avoid Misunderstanding

Because of cultural differences, a statement as (seemingly) simple as “It’s warm in here” can be understood differently. The cultures in the world can be roughly divided into two types of communication styles: high-context and low-context. High-context cultures rely on shared background understanding and knowledge to convey their meaning. Thus, in a high-context culture, the statement “It’s warm in here” could be a polite way of asking someone to open …

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Guidelines for Remote Teams

A lot of people have suddenly been thrust into working remotely and not having the personal contact with their team members that they’re used to. In this type of situation, it is easy to have misunderstandings and it is more difficult to establish and maintain trust.  Trust among the members is the most important aspect for the strength and effectiveness of any team. So, whether your team is new to …

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Cultural differences in dealing with conflict

In the last lesson we looked at one of the primary fundamental cultural differences: individual vs collective orientation, otherwise known as “me vs we”. Most people in the world live in cultures that are collectivist. They grow up in an extended family that can include parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents, household help, or other housemates. This “in” group is at the core of the person’s sense of belonging, …

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