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Eastern Vs. Western Philosophy: Friedrich Nietzsche & Sun Tzu. The Tao of Project Management. East Meets West, but It Takes Some Practice. What We All Can Learn From China's Business Leaders. Is Daoism Losing Its Way? - China Real Time Report. The Zen of Business: 7 Habits of the Highly Creative. <A HREF=" Widgets</A> Issue 78 - 06 | The Zen of Business: 7 Habits of the Highly Creative By Matthew E. MayPublished Jan. 19, 2011 12:00 p.m. “Frank Zappa once said: 'The most important thing in art is the frame. For paint, literally. For other arts, figuratively—because, without this humble appliance, you can't know where the art stops and the real world begins.' What he's saying is that how we frame something, like an idea or a problem, for example, has everything to do with how well it turns out.

Frank Zappa had it right. Download About Matthew E. View 4 other manifestos by this author Request Processed. Zen Leadership: The Toughest (Best) Business Decision I Ever Made. The Limitations of Eastern Thought - THE AWAKENING SELF. Having interacted with the adherents of eastern philosophy for over a decade I can really see how blessed I was in not having my beliefs defined for me prior to having the experiences of my ontological system. My ontological, or belief system is loaded in the moment as I experience. I have never met someone with eastern philosophy beliefs that did not have their understanding front loaded. This means that someone else’s perceptions influenced every label, definition, expression and even experience itself. These seekers were told what to believe before they ever had any experiences to base their beliefs upon. This is a great approach for the passively aware, which let’s face i is the basis of eastern discipline.

The belief that beliefs are somehow the antithesis of awareness is just another example of the attachment to words that most vicarious eastern thinkers are plagued with since the east meets west lovefest began decades ago. Without that separation awakening is not possible. Communication Between Cultures - Larry A. Samovar, Richard E. Porter, Edwin R. McDaniel. The Eastern Way: How Chinese Philosophy Can Power Innovation in Business Today. In spite of spectacular economic growth, China is still afflicted by criticism that its traditional culture inhibits innovation. However, Chinese culture is now changing in response to fundamental techno-economic shifts, and philosophy is not the same as culture. This article shows how an unconventional synthesis of Chinese philosophical systems can power innovation opportunities in 21st century business—and not only for China.

China has been a wonder of the global economy for the past three decades. Its annual growth rate has averaged about 10 percent. In his January 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama called for a new program of innovation in the U. Philosophy and culture are not the same China bashing is all the rage these days. Part of the problem is that the teachings of the philosophical founders, dating to two and a half millennia ago, have become submerged and layered over by Chinese cultural traditions (e.g., patriarchal families) and bureaucratic practices. InterculturalCommweb. How Intercultural Competence Drives Success in Global Virtual Teams. Leveraging global virtual teams through intercultural curiosity, sensitivity, and respect.

By David Callen, MSOD 2008 Volume 11 Issue 4 *Winner of the 2008 Graziadio School Student Paper CompetitionOrganizations are increasingly turning to global virtual teams to gain a strategic advantage. Global virtual teams are heterogeneous groups of internationally dispersed coworkers that assemble using a combination of telecommunications and information technologies to accomplish organizational tasks.[1] With the growing deployment of such teams, it is becoming more important for organizations to understand what makes them successful.Many of the principles and theories used for traditional teams as well as virtual teams are true for global virtual teams.

However, global virtual teams are further along the continuum of time, distance, and space, and therefore, are more complex. We have a stronger team because people have intercultural competence. Image by David Luscombe Why Global Virtual Teams? COERLL | Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning. Journal of Intercultural Communication. History. The most commonly held belief regarding the origin of Taoism holds that Lao Tzu, the author of the Tao Te Ching - the Taoist canon's most well-known work - is its founding father. However, even Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching spoke of the "Tao masters of antiquity. " To whom was he referring? Taoism emerged from a rich shamanic tradition that existed in China since the Ice Age. These shamans were healers and diviners, they had power over the elements, could travel to the sky, converse with animals and had knowledge of the use of plants. One of these shamans, King Fu Hsi, who lived circa 2,800 BCE, was the first to construct a system by which the underlying structure of the universe could be expressed and understood.

Modern academics generally consider Fu Hsi to be mythical due to the fanciful stories that surround him. Recent archaeological finds in China has shed more light on this pre-historic civilization. There then followed Yu in 2,070 BCE, another shaman. Effective Cross Cultural Communication Skills. Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions - Leadership Training from MindTools.

Understanding Workplace Values Around the World Learn how to be more sensitive to the needs of people in different cultures. We know that we are living in a global age. Technology has brought everyone much closer together. This means that people of different cultures find themselves working together and communicating more and more. This is exciting, but it can also be frustrating and fraught with uncertainty. Building connections with people from around the world is just one dimension of cultural diversity. How can we understand cultural differences? Fortunately, psychologist Dr Geert Hofstede asked himself this question in the 1970s. With access to people working for the same organization in over 40 countries of the world, he collected cultural data and analyzed his findings. He scored each country using a scale of roughly 0 to 100 for each dimension.

The Five Dimensions of Culture The five dimensions are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Note: Hofstede's analysis is done by country. Key Points. Geert Hofstede on Culture. Seven deadly sins - speech by Geert Hofstede 2011. Beyond the language gap: intercultural communication. Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Communicating with people from different cultures and languages is full of rewards, but also full of challenges. This type of communication involves a series of specific patterns, strategies and unwritten rules which are at the core of a growing study area commonly known as intercultural communication. Using examples from the BBC Bakeation series and interviews with the production team, we explore different aspects of intercultural communication as the Hairy Bikers address a variety of linguistic challenges throughout the series.

With additional academic support from Elodie Vialleton11. Geert Hofstede Cultural Dimensions. Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory. Overview[edit] Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory is a framework for cross-cultural communication. Hofstede developed his original model as a result of using factor analysis to examine the results of a world-wide survey of employee values by IBM in the 1960s and 1970s.

The theory was one of the first that could be quantified, and could be used to explain observed differences between cultures. The original theory proposed four dimensions along which cultural values could be analyzed: individualism-collectivism; uncertainty avoidance; power distance (strength of social hierarchy) and masculinity-femininity (task orientation versus person-orientation). Independent research in Hong Kong led Hofstede to add a fifth dimension, long-term orientation, to cover aspects of values not discussed in the original paradigm. History[edit] In 1965, Geert founded the personnel research department of IBM Europe (which he managed until 1971). Dimensions of national cultures[edit] Japan Intercultural Consulting :: Blog. Intercultural competence. A theoretical construct for cross-cultural competence, language proficiency, and regional expertise.

Intercultural competence is the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with people of other cultures:[1] Appropriately. Valued rules, norms, and expectations of the relationship are not violated significantly.Effectively. Valued goals or rewards (relative to costs and alternatives) are accomplished. In interactions with people from foreign cultures, a person who is interculturally competent understands the culture-specific concepts of perception, thinking, feeling, and acting. Intercultural competence is also called "cross-cultural competence" (3C). Basics[edit] Cultures can be different not only between continents or nations but also within the same company and even within the same family.

The basic requirements for intercultural competence are empathy, an understanding of other people's behaviors and ways of thinking, and the ability to express one's own way of thinking. Hall's cultural factors. Explanations > Culture > Hall's cultural factors Time | Context | Space | So what? Edward T. Hall was an anthropologist who made early discoveries of key cultural factors. In particular he is known for his high and low context cultural factors. Context High context In a high-context culture, there are many contextual elements that help people to understand the rules. This can be very confusing for person who does not understand the 'unwritten rules' of the culture. Low context In a low-context culture, very little is taken for granted. Contrasting the two French contracts tend to be short (in physical length, not time duration) as much of the information is available within the high-context French culture.

Highly mobile environments where people come and go need lower-context culture. Note the similarity with Trompenaars' Universalism (low context) and Particularism (high context). Time Monochronic time M-Time, as he called it, means doing one thing at a time. Polychronic time Space Contrasting. Intercultural Communication Articles. For fresh articles and content visit our blog! Below you will find access to a range of articles relating to cross cultural and intercultural communication. The articles touch upon a number of topics that will be of interest to a wide range of reader involved in intercultural communication such as international business personnel, HR staff, people working in public services and in many other areas where intercultural communication is an issue.

Intercultural Training Articles > An Introduction to Intercultural Communication - a basic summary of the purpose of intercultural communication. > Cross Cultural Communication Consultants - A look at the role, skills and qualifications of cross cultural communication consultants. > Definition of Intercultural Communication - what does intercultural communication mean? > Cross Cultural Understanding - an examination of common cross cultural terms and their meanings. > Stereotypes: An Intercultural No-No - why stereotyping is dangerous.