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Individual projects are coming up fast! Tuesday, Nov. 8th Thai cultural basics Amika and Thida Habit 1 – Personal Vision Danny Habit 2 – Personal Leadership Feng Habit 3 – Personal management Yongjin Thursday, Nov. 10th Habit 4 – Interpersonal Leadership Mike Habit 5 – Empathetic Communication ??? Habit 6 – Creative Cooperation ???
Other upcoming assignments Tuesday, Nov. 8th - Read Sarah Lanier, Foreign to Familiar Tuesday, Nov. 15th – Quiz: Worldview and Culture (Foreign to Familiar will be on this quiz). 5% of your grade Thursday, Nov. 17th – Reflection paper: My Life, My Culture, My Current Worldview. 10% of your grade
Low Power Distance & High Power Distance Cultures
Low Power Distance and High Power Distance Cultures: • Geert Hofstede (1989) study of 40 nations: • Different understandings of inequality across cultures: • extent to which inequality is accepted as reality:
Culture • high power distance: • inequality accepted as reality – as it should be, everyone has their place • superiors and subordinates don’t mix socially much • “small, elite powerholders believe they are entitled to privileges and should try to look as powerful as possible”
Culture • low power distance: • larger middle class; more educated; more sense that power distribution can change • inequality of power only to get tasks done in an organization • superiors and subordinates treat each other as equals socially • people in power should look less powerful than they are • power can be redistributed through doing “right” things – education, gain expertise; challenge authority
Culture • How can you lead a group that defers to you? • How can you lead a group that expects more equal power sharing? • Discussion Topic: What are the ideal characteristics of a successful leader in an intercultural context?
Culture • Intercultural coping strategies in a classroom = mutual invitation • Awareness and understanding of differences: accept the roots and “sense” • Develop flexibility: use different styles in different situations • Conscious about change you want to make: patience—focus on circle of influence not circle of concern
What is Culture Shock • The emotional and physical discomfort a person suffers when moving to a completely new environment. • experience a lack of direction • a feeling of not knowing what to do or how to handle things • how to react and of not knowing what is (in-) appropriate. • It is a natural and human response to new cultural experiences.
Manifestations of Culture Shock Hostile Withdrawn Critical Embarrassed Culture Shock Identity confusion Friction Confusion Homesickness Depression Anxiety Frustration
Coping Strategies • Be open minded • Keep a journal • Stay active • Connect with family and friends • Express yourself • Do what you would do at home or something close to it • Find ways to relieve stress
Closing Thoughts... Listen and observe. Don’t pass judgment until you have discovered the reason behind people’s “strange” habits. Try to find out the values of the society “We are all a bit ethnocentric, thinking our way is a bit superior to someone else’s. If we can get beyond that, we’ll find we can begin to learn, respect and enjoy the differences. Soon, what seems foreign will become familiar. And we’ll find we have much in common.” - Sarah Lanier