What do you see?

Culture shapes how you view the world.

And how you view the world has a huge impact on how you think and how you act.

Everyone views things slightly differently.

Different perspective can happen within your own culture but even more so with other cultures.

What do you see in this picture?

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Did you see a skull or a woman sitting looking into a mirror?

How long did it take you to see both images?

Ask someone else to look at the picture to see what they see.

Once we ‘see’ something we generally don’t take time to look at it in more detail. We stick with what we see at the first glance.

The same happens when we meet people. We make automatic unconscious assumptions about new people. How much we like them, connect to them, trust them. We do all of this in a matter of seconds. The assumptions we make are hard to change unless me make a conscious decision to look again, to be open minded.

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Different Cultural Negotiating Styles

Chinese negotiating style is totally different from French!

In his book ‘When Culture Collide” Richard D Lewis looks a these different communication patterns.

By undertaking your own cultural communication style as well as the general styles of other cultures will give you an advance insight into how to interact successfully.

The French are generally ready with lively debate and discussion! Be prepared for logical, analysis and examination of whatever you are discussing. Americans are generally much more open and forthright with their feelings and want to resolve and get to and agreement quickly while Japanese will take time to get to know and use a very indirect communication style.

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Are You a Holistic or a Specific Thinker?

When working on projects with colleagues or partners, even with those from similar cultural backgrounds you may have encountered times when you felt that their reasoning was completely illogical. Chances are your cultural preferences were not aligned and maybe you do not share the same thinking pattern.

Traditionally, Western people tend to be more specific thinkers, preferring to remove items or issues from their environment and analyse them separately. Whereas most Asian cultures prefer to approach problems and issues from a broad “big picture” perspective, focusing on relationships between concepts or parts and explaining and deciding from a more interrelated or holistic point of view.

Most of us will be working with some levels of diversity regardless of how global our operations are. Here are some points to consider when working across these two different thinking styles.

In a specific culture, people usually respond well to receiving very detailed and segmented information about what is expected of each of them. If you need to give instructions to a team member from this type of culture, focus on what that other person needs to accomplish and when.

In a holistic culture, if you need to motivate, manage or persuade, spend time explaining the big picture and how all the pieces slot together.

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Agriculture and Tourism In Slovakia

The purpose of this visit was to look at agriculture and tourism in Bratislava and surrounding areas in preparation for agricultural study visits in 2016.

Slovakia is a central European country known for its dramatic natural landscape and many castles. The alpine like region of the High and Low Tatra mountains are a popular tourist attraction for hikers and climbers all over the world.

The capital city, Bratislava sits on the Danube river with Bratislava Castle on the hill overlooking the city. Bratislava city is less than one hour from Vienna, Austria. The small Carpathian region is famous for its wine production where the most famous producers of top-class Slovak wines are based.

The programme included a visit to a unique farm with sheep breeding, sheep cheese production and beef animal export across Europe. Traditional music and craft demonstration. A walking city tour of Bratislava, the UNESCO Banska Stiavnica with short falconry show, a tour and workshop in a ceramic factory and tour of a modern winery. The visit also included inspection of hotels and restuarants available for group visits.