Dominika Cieślikowska

Dominika Cieślikowska

I am a qualified Intercultural Fluency and Diversity Trainer with 15 years of experience. I have designed and delivered more than 5500 hours of interactive trainings for different clients.

Location Warszawa


  • I am really curious about different aspects of creativity and I have started some time ago finding out one new thing about creativity every day. I am amazed how mamny new things I have learnt for the last 3 months and a half! So ireally support that habit!

  • Hi Andrew, thanks for your post. It make me think how being a valuable team member will be valued in different cultural settings (for example in collectivistic and individualistic ones/ hierarchical and egalitarian ones)? If there will be any differences ? Any ideas?

  • Hi Lilit, how do you think expressing different ideas, disagreements, own point of view will work in different cultural context, for examples in the collectivistic ones?

  • Hi Kingsley, thank you for bringing the idea of "leading by example". I agree that a great leader "walks the talks" and I really appreciate that characteristic! I just wonder about another issue mentioned by You - in your context what it really means that the expectations differ in regard to gender, skills etc?

  • Hi Victoria, the characteristics name by you are probably my favourites ones. And how about you? Do you consider yourself such a leader?

  • Hi Aliyu, and how about you? Do you consider yourself such a leader?

  • Hi Adele, thanks for your sharing. You named many additional aspects! I am just wondering about the honest share of the thoughts. Do you think that in all cultural contexts everybody we be welcomed with what he or she thinks?

  • Hi Irene, watch this movie if you will find some time. The speaker shows some intercultural situations when he was trying to ask questions to open the further conversation but he could not because of the intercultural differences:-) I love the whole presentation. Very informative with the great examples:-)

  • Hi Eva, never thought about it but you are completely right! It is such a pleasure to start working day with an email from your colleague from the country where people write nice things to each other! I have experienced that during our MOOC course

  • Great, that are let say "safe" topics to start with probably in many cultural contexts.

  • Hi Godfrey, great opportunity!

  • Hi Juan, that is an excellent idea. Let me share it with our coordinators:-)

  • The same with me, it is a pity that it is not always possible:-)

  • Hi George, I ment, to be honest, I am still a very big fan of the same strategy as in the childhood. And I find it totally applicable in the work networking. Even though I work pretty much in an international environment, using mainly e-mail communication, I prefer to have, as a starting point preferable, face-to- face meeting (by videoconference tools for...

  • Great, keep going! I agree that having the mediators/ mentors is a powerful resourse.

  • Hi Lilit, I am thinking what type of the situation you were writing about. I guess there are many situations where the education is important but also some where your identity and the experiences and needs based on that might be very helpful and inspiring. I remember the case that the City Council in one of the cities were planning the investments and they...

  • Hi George, I completely agree with you but I also wonder what types of the challenges might occur within the diverse team that have to be overcome to get creativeness. Can you name any?

  • Do you have any specific example from your experience that You could share with us? any problem solving situation that benefit because of the diveristy?

  • Hi Adele, how people are different from each other, which aspects of diversity did you noticed around you?

  • Hi Jessica and Irene, so how do you start a conversation? What help you getitng to know somebodies way?

  • Hi Aliyu, check my previous comment that I have exchanged with the Kingsley, as you both had quite similar remarks:-) BTW, people have to love you as you help them to gain real financial benefit!:-)

  • Hi Kingsley, thanks for your remarks. What we start our conversations with is a very culturally specific issue. I observed that in UK it is really the job what you describe first, trying to keep the privacy, while in Poland people more easily conduct small talks around more privite issues, such as the family for example. Working in the international...

  • Hi Maureen. I would love to became your client. Ggreat that you introduced yourself by showing your clients benefits!

  • Hi Eva, thanks for introducing what You are doing. Maybe you could try also to rephrase it to show the clients perspective - what Your customer gain from what You are doing?

  • Hi Eva, yesterday during the training I was conducted we came to the same conclusion about my country! We were discusing luck of the positive feedback and talking in a positive tone in general, but what I discover that all people in the room where actually doing this. So the general view of the most typical bahaviour in my country did not fit to the...

  • Hi Aga, will you try to make me interested and involved in what you are doing if I am not developer of phones and laptops?

  • I wonder if any of you think about the courses like this one also as the opportunity to network, or at least the way to practice networking. I have seen so many amazing people here and I belive that networking might work here as well! What do you think?

  • Hi Nelson, that is a great benefit! How you network most effectively?

  • Hi Victoria, do you prefer the face to face meetings or via Internet, in a virtual space? What works better for you?

  • Hi Moe, I see you prefer face to face contact, isn't it?

  • Hi George, in a “pre-internet era” we had a very different ways to connect with people. In Poland even the telephone was not available at the everyday life basis. I have to admit that with many of people I had better, deeper contact than nowadays with all of the electronic devices I can use to communicate and network with people. We just visited each other....

  • Hi Kingsley, what channels, appart from meetings and seminars, work also for you?

  • Hi Godfrey, good to hear that it works in your case! What channels are the most effective for you?

  • Hi Aga,
    Do you have any advices how to build those good connections?

  • Thank you Lilit! Absolutely understood.

  • Hi Neelam, I see that you are not doing anything. You are participating in our course and prepare yourself for better opportunities. Thanks for taking part in the course and good luck with the job.

  • Hi Bin Gao,
    I am sorry you had no access to the video. But don’t worry, there are many other videos and other materials that you will find in the whole course. For now I might recommend you also the article
    I wonder how you will comment on it from your Chinese...

  • Hi Diana, thanks for your post eon though you seem really busy person! There will be lots of stress at work and time management in the 3rd week. I hope you will find it relevant for your busy situation:-)

  • Hi Svitlana, thanks for your comments. your right, the humour might be tricky issue. I recommended the movie that is a bit provocative but also shows the courage to behave in a innovative way.

  • Absolutely right!

  • Thank you Nicola. And yes, you are right with the transcript.
    We have to work harder to be able to deliver the transcript as well.

  • Thanks Susan. I guess two of us really like to discuss and there is really not enough space for us. But I got your point! Thanks a lot for your insights.

  • Hi, the circle idea is very interesting! thanks for that. There will be just the issue to compromise between the very individualistic point of view and the group and the universal perspective. Maslow really wanted to show something very universal and I thinks that to some extend it works, naming the very basic categories, but working with different people, all...

  • Hi Susan, you suggest more of the change of the Dave's side, am I right? How , on the other hand, can we stimulate the team to take some advantages from Dave's approach and adopt to some of the positive aspects of his time-oriented values?

  • Hi, is seems that you are more likely to prize Dave's monochromic style as much more appropriate for the work related context. There are many benefits of being on time, keeping deadlines and using each second to fulfill some tasks. Are there any side effects of that?
    And my second question is: could you name any benefits of the relation-oriented/ polichromic...

  • Don't you think that leaving the job might be the loss for both: for him and for the company/ team. The thing is how to negotiate the values: time-oriented and relation-oriented approach to gain the best from both.

  • Hi Ricardo, don't you think that even if he starts to work on his own as the entrepreneur he will have to deal with people similar to him and different from him? If he wants to achieve something he will need to find the ways to establish the consensus with both: time-oriented (monochromic) and relation-oriented people (polichronic).

  • Hi Susan, seems like a bit more monochromic, indeed.

  • What types of factors influence your eagerness to change the plans?

  • I guess you can also check when you feel more motivated to check and post on this e-learning course to find out something about your prime time.

  • Susan, I absolutely agree. Do you think that there might be cultural differences in the hierarchy that Maslow presented (for example belongingness after the esteem needs - depending if it is more collectivistic or individualistic culture)?

  • Thanks to all of you for your great and empowering words toward us!

  • I have used it as a rhetorical figure expressing that what I am saying has a double meaning, not only in the sarcastic manner. I used it with the word "meeting" as we are participating in a very special type of the meeting using the posts between us as a main tool for communication and interacting. We do not have opportunity to meet in person, outside of the...

  • I hope you will find the next section useful!

  • Hi, nice to read from you:-) I hope you will find inspirations in the Week Two modules, especially in the video about the 3VS of communication. The information given there might be applied to the interview context as well. If you need more practical hints, read about the elevator speech. That can help you to prepare the inspiring presentation of everything...

  • Absolutely!

  • Hi Beata, I agree with you and I have seen many situations where it was helpful. But I am also concern about the situations where it might be a sensitive issue. Do you have any such examples?

  • Hi Htoohtoo, so It worked in your context! Great! Can you imagine the situation where it might be a obstacle?

  • Hi Kingsley, you mean the use of humour? I think it is culturally very sensitive issue. I hoped for some points in the disscusion, comments and ideas coming from different people with different approach to the humour issue. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • Thanks Frank for sharing! Interesting that you see such a differences between generations in such a crusial issues!

  • Hi Arnaud, did you watch the video? How about useing the humour in your environment?

  • Thank you Felipe, what was the most interesting for you?

  • Thanks for interacting guys:-) keep going like this:-)

  • Thanks for interacting guys:-) keep going like this:-)

  • Thanks for interacting guys:-) keep going like this:-)

  • Thanks for interacting guys:-) keep going like this:-)

  • Thanks for interacting guys:-) keep going like this:-)

  • Thanks for interacting guys:-) keep going like this:-)

  • Thanks for interacting guys:-) keep going like this:-)

  • Thanks for interacting guys:-) keep going like this:-)

  • Thanks for interacting guys:-) keep going like this:-)

  • Thanks for interacting guys:-) keep going like this:-)

  • Thanks for interacting guys:-) keep going like this:-)

  • Thanks for interacting guys:-) keep going like this:-)

  • I am very happy to see many people describe themselves as open-minded and hard-working. This two characteristics might be very helpful to fulfill this e-learning course so good luck to all of you. Thanks also for sharing the other characteristics. I think that family-oriented is also very popular one no matter where are you coming from. Seems that we discover...

  • Great you have found something in common!:-)

  • Hello everybody,
    it is so great to see all of You already active and participating in our first discussion. It is so great to read that some of you are exited, the others have already established own goals for the course. Thanks for sharing your names, professions, fields of work. I observe a great diversity that makes me very eager to share and talk to you...

  • Let's hear and see one of the most beautiful song about my home city Warsaw in Poland, the very famous song is sang both in Polish verbal language and Polish Sign Language. Because the language is not only voice, melody, vocals and so on but also sing. Have a pleasure to hear/see it.

  • I use Polish and this is the language of the mojority in m neigbouhood, but also Ukrainian, Vietnamese, English, Romanian, Ormian, Bulgarian, Turkish, French, Scotish, Bielarusian, Russian and many others are spoken by neigbours, friends around.

  • Actually I realize that hearing my native language was somehow the most intensive feeling I had during watching. Somehow I feld proud that there is a Polish woman there. Now I am thinking if there was a Polish or English with Polish acent? I am a bit confused. I just realised that it does not have to be a native language itself but even the recognizable accent...

  • I was able to recognize some of them, the easiest was Polish as this is my native language and the Chinese as I speak the language as well. Some of them were also not so difficult because of my friends or family members for whom the language is familiar/ native (French, Portugese, Romanian). There were some I might guess rather then know (Spanish, Swahili) and...