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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 second So end of week three. We’ve looked at why CQ. We’ve looked at how to grow your CQ. We’ve looked at your own culture and how it helps or doesn’t help. And now it really comes to how are you going to put this into practise? How are you going to test yourself? How are you going to bring the Cultural Intelligence into your daily life?

Skip to 0 minutes and 29 seconds I remember at least 150 years ago when I went to university, I came across the world to a university in London where everybody was different. We had every nationality. Not only that, we had almost everybody in the political spectrum. We used to have demonstrations every week. One week, it was this end of the extreme and then it was the other extreme. Everything was this extraordinary mixture. And the temptation faced by this sort of barrage of different cultures was to work your way through everybody and find other people that had cause like you and stick with them. Because somehow that felt like, sort of, safe territory. It’s a dangerous thing to do, of course.

Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds It’s a waste time because I studied economics. But I think probably the greatest thing I got out of being in a university was actually Cultural Intelligence. It was avoiding people like me and spending my whole time with people who weren’t like me and beginning to understand what made them tick and how I needed to adapt to them. And how I needed to recognise that I had to multiple, multiple, multiple adapt. It’s not just about one adapt, it’s constant, fluid adapting.

Skip to 2 minutes and 1 second And I hope that students who travel across the world and study don’t just leave as engineers, and accountants, and historians, but use that moment to develop their Cultural Intelligence and resist the temptation to just find people who have a Core like you. And then of course you get to work.

Skip to 2 minutes and 25 seconds And I suspect I behave pretty badly in my 20s whenever I was in a team with people who were like me. It made me behave in a rather extreme way to not to be like them. And I suspect I then used the Cultural Intelligence much more when I was forming my own teams and you had people from lots of different places and lots of different cultures and people who were very logical and people who were very creative and then a mixture of all people of different ages.

Skip to 3 minutes and 3 seconds And the ability to lead that team, not demanding that everybody’s like me, but actually demanding that everybody’s like them and figuring out how as a leader you can help them to be who they are. Because, actually, you want them to bring diverse points of view. You don’t want to hammer it out of them. And then I supposed I put the Cultural Intelligence into practise in a big way in my role as a citizen because most the time, I’m running Common Purpose and then usually I’m doing one or two other things.

Skip to 3 minutes and 40 seconds And I tend to choose the things that I’m doing, like venture philanthropy– much part of setting that up, doing quite a lot of work around venture philanthropy, a lot of work around the relationship between the citizen and the media and a part of charities that do that. And I think the Cultural Intelligence that I find probably the most difficult to crack is that I am ridiculously passionate. The truth is that I think in my Core, I believe that my passion is my strength. But it’s also slightly my weakness because if you become very passionate, you become strangely and incredibly intolerant of anybody who doesn’t share the same passion as you do.

Skip to 4 minutes and 30 seconds And I think in my citizen life, you can’t achieve anything if everybody has the same passions as you. You have to allow people to be passionate about different things and in different ways. And I think calibrating, controlling, switching off sometimes the very noisy, passionate Julia, who’s a bit intolerant of everybody who doesn’t share the same views as me, and accepting that people can have different passions from me, I think that most of the time, I’m trying to put Cultural Intelligence into practise.

Skip to 5 minutes and 5 seconds Whether that was when I was a student and when I had the glorious opportunity to spend three years surrounded by people who weren’t like me, or whether that’s at work where I just so much want to come up with fresh and new ideas and the energy and the excitement and the excitement of the difference. And I want to be the kind of leader that makes the difference happen. I don’t always achieve it, but I try. And then probably the most tricky one is as a citizen. Just sometimes dampening down the passion because, sometimes, my passion can be so loud, I don’t hear the other voices in the room. And I’ve got to Flex the passion just a little bit.

Skip to 5 minutes and 50 seconds But it’ll be your journey too.

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