Understanding Your Cultural Preferences

Individuals demonstrate a wide range of values and preferences across a variety of cultural dimensions. Understand your own cultural preference by placing an X along the scale that most accurately reflects your preference on each continuum below. Remember that a continuum represents an infinite number of possibilities between the two opposing ends. There are no right or wrong answers.

Monochronic…………………………………………………………Polychronic

I like to be on time and                                                     What happens is achieved is more

expect the same of others.                                               Important than sticking to time.
Individualistic…………………………………………………………Collectivistic

I prefer to work independently                                      I prefer to work as part of a group

and be recognised individually.                                     and prefer not to be singled out.

Egalitarian……………………………………………………………….Hierarchical

All people should be treated the same,                       People should be treated differently

no matter what their position is.                                  depending on their title, position, rank.
Dealing with Differences……………………………………………….Maintaining Harmony

I address differences directly                                         I prefer to deal with differences

when there is an issue so the indirectly,                    behind the scenes,

problem can be solved quickly.                                      to avoid causing upset.

 

Reflection

• What are your key cultural values

• How do they influence how you act and behave within your own culture?

• How do your values impact on your expectations from cultural others?

• Which values and behaviors do you find difficult when communicating with other cultures

Based on research by Edward Hall, Geert Hofstede

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