Our world is more and more global. Nothing new about that, right? We export and import products and services from wherever to wherever. Globalisation is an acceleration that accelerates. Globalisation also leads to people travelling anywhere and some feel they have to move, to get a better life. It is a challenge for all countries, companies and individuals.
At the same time it is a great opportunity. We need our differences. We all know that our differences and different skills are essential for innovation and development of our success. Otherwise we have decided that we are fully developed as we are right now.
To be able to utlize our differences we need a different mindset. You and I have to develop our CQ, our Cultural Intelligences. A high CQ will give you the advantage to embrace all people with great ideas and knowledge, no matter cultural differences.
If we are too homogen we will stagnate. Imagine a company where all leaders are of the same sex, born and raced in the same culture and believes in the same religion. It will be a very homogen group with the same thoughts, ideas etc. It will be a short term success but not in the long run.
When we shareish heterogenity we will prospure! Easier said but not as easily done! It all starts with ourselves. We have to decide to develop our CQ and embrace our differences. A high CQ means that you have a high skill of developing relations and effectively deal with situations where there is need of cultural differences.
To consciously hire employees with cultural differences is a start. But the advantage will be lost if you try to form them out of your own values. Good CQ skills means that you:
- Have the Motivation, will, courage and drive to learn, take contact and collaborate with people from other cultures.
- Have the Knowledge of other people uniform standards, and understand what differences are the most relevant. Above all you have to see, understand and admit how your own culture has shaped you. How it has made you give your lookalikes preferential treatment.
- Have a clear Strategy for how you interpret the differences between cultures. It helps you to plan how you minimize conflicts out of cultural differences. Beware of generalization/make sweeping statements. to much. You cannot predict how each indvidual will behave.
- Adapt and act. Adapt the way you meet, how you communicate with others. So the understanding increases over cutural differences. The goal must not be to manipulate but to be truthful, sincere and trustful.
How does one begin in your business, organisation etc etc. Well, it all starts with yourself. Develop your CQ and do it truthfully from the bottom of your heart! Be a raw model for others! Others will hopefully follow because #PeopleMakePeopleGrow. When people grow, companies and countries will develop in success in our globalized world.