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Continuing your Cultural Intelligence journey

Thank you very much for taking part in this course to develop your Cultural Intelligence. Congratulations on completing it. As you know this course has been developed by Common Purpose. …

This is not the end

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” – Albert Einstein Cultural Intelligence is continually developed over time, as we experience new things, …

Poles apart

We can’t analyse our own Cultural Intelligence. We have to ask other people to help. People who know or work with us, and who will tell us the truth. Identify …

Our comfort zone

When was the last time when we could honestly answer that we pushed ourselves and made a risky decision? It is very easy to get stuck in a routine, to …

Experiencing experience

Cultural Intelligence is over-whelmingly acquired and developed through experience. This means, going to places and talking to people in their own environments is really important, although there is more to …

My advice is…

We spoke to leaders from around the world, asking them what their advice would be to other leaders, locally to them, who were about to go and work in another …

Making yourself heard

As we begin to travel the world, touch down in new places, and start to operate in new environments we need to quickly build relationships and understand the dynamics of …

The flying dead

The world is becoming less coherent and connected even as it gets smaller. Cultural barriers still exist within organisations, teams, and between people across countries. What we find is that …

Cultural ignorance

Cultural ignorance is less aggressive, less premeditated and less deliberate than cultural intolerance, yet still has an enormous impact on Cultural Intelligence. Beware of generalisation There is a human tendency …

The receiving end

As we struggle with our own cultural intolerance, we also have to understand what it’s like to be on the receiving end of it, particularly if we have little experience …

Where next?

Take this opportunity to reflect on our third week. Choose an activity that you have yet to try from the following: 1. Continue your activity from Weeks 1 and 2 …

How is this relevant?

Cultural Intelligence is incredibly important in a globalised world. Here are some examples for me of why Cultural Intelligence is becoming increasingly relevant in education, business and in wider society. …

Finding common ground

There are many ways to start undoing the knots. Peter Kulloi, the Chair, of the Bátor Tábor Foundation in Hungary explains how he has identified prejudices/biases and the solutions he …

Addressing our knots

We all have personal biases that we need to overcome. To do this we need to challenge ourselves to have difficult conversations when our natural tendency is to shy away …