New research shows that employers around the world value staff who understand the role of culture at work. Source: www.britishcouncil.org
What do employers understand by ‘intercultural skills ?
- Ability to understand different cultural contexts and viewpoints.
- Respect for others’ and ‘adapting to different cultural settings
- Accepting cultural differences
- Speaking foreign languages
- Open to new ideas and ways of thinking
How do employers evaluate job candidates for intercultural skills?
- Strong communication throughout the interview and selection process
- The ability to speak foreign languages
- Demonstration of cultural sensitivity in the interview
- Experience studying overseas
- Experience working overseas
What Is Your Company Doing To Develop Intercultural Skills ?
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A number of studies on the development of intercultural skills and competences have shown that first-hand experience of ‘otherness’ and even sojourns in a foreign country are not sufficient conditions to foster interculturality.
Both study abroad and intercultural education literature state that, in addition to experience, intercultural learning needs reflection and analysis, and that immersion in a different culture does not in itself reduce stereotypical perceptions of otherness.
Interculturality does not mean comparing two or more countries, nor learning to adapt to a specific ‘national culture’.
Rather, the concept implies, for example:
- Understanding how different types of identities (eg gender, age, racial, ethnic, national, geographical, historical, linguistic) impact on communication with others
- Interpreting what people say about their culture as evidence of what they wish others to see about themselves, rather than as the ‘truth’ about a particular culture
- Exploring the role of power in dominant discourses (media, political, institutional) and reflect on how these discourses affect the way we perceive people from other backgrounds.
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Got a know-it-all in your life who knows everything except, perhaps, how to act like a real human being? Read on for tips on how to deal.
According to the author of this article, Susan Davis, the Know It All (KIAs) are part of the most difficult people in the world to deal with, along with :
*The stealth destroyers
*The “yes” people
There are KIAs everywhere but it is particularly annoying when this type of person is your boss, employee or co-worker.
So what can you do when you are engaged in a dead-end conversation with a KIA or worse with a clique of KIAs?
No matter what you say, those people will never be interested in your ideas if they don’t think like you. They usually use criticism, condescending or sarcastic tone and even try to intimidate you.
KIA people lack basic emotional intelligence and are self-defensive trying to exclude anybody who are not admiring their intelligence or agree with their truth or faith.
As much as possible stay calm and relaxed not trying to argue at all. You will always lose if you try to battle with their ego. In addition, it is not good for your heart and well-being as you may feel frustrated and angry.
In case having a conversation is unavoidable, then ask the KIA person questions about their field of expertise they will be more than happy to teach you something.
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