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Reflection and mindfulness

Self-monitoring

In the previous step, I shared my own personal struggles with diverse others. I find a need to be aware of my own biases and to monitor them. I seek to be self-aware and self-regulate my biases.

Please allow me to share another personal example. I come from an American culture that strongly prefers the cultural dimension of “doing”. A person who prefers “doing” emphasizes being busy and meeting goals. It is very common for Americans to live to work. There are other cultures that prefer “being” to “doing”. These cultures work to live.

When I am working on a project, I may have a thought and will immediately send an email to other project team members over the weekend. This is “doing” behavior. My team members who practice “being” behavior do not read email on the weekend. This is a work-life balance issue for them. If I do not self-regulate when they do not reply to my weekend email, it is easy for me to make a judgement that my team member is not dedicated or as invested in the project as much as I think they should be.

Self-regulation requires me to monitor my first thought. My first thought is not the most important thought. My second thought is most important. My second thought in this example is “Opps! I forgot this is the weekend and there are many people who are different from me. They do not read and answer work-related email on the weekend.” This second thought allows me to not judge and criticize others who prefer “being” to “doing”.

This is only one example using cultural values or cultural dimensions. Cultural values are one section of the diversity wheel. For your assignment on this step, please go online and research Hofstede’s cultural dimensions. Select one that you find to be important for cultural values you prefer. Please share this preference of yours in the comments and then join the discussion with your fellow learners.

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Understanding Diversity and Inclusion

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