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Cultural Differences

Don’t Let These Cultural Differences Derail Your Project (From Inc)

In today’s globalized business world, there’s a lot of focus on diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias. And there should be. But little attention is being paid to cultural awareness and this a huge mistake.

One area of cultural diversity for you to be aware of that can cause challenges is process-oriented vs results-oriented:

The way we set goals and work to achieve them differs depending on culture.

If a culture is process-oriented, that means they have a carefully thought out plan in place and understand how they are going to achieve the goal before they start moving towards it. If a culture is results-oriented, the plan or even the results may change as they work to achieve them–which is okay because it is all part of a greater vision.

Cultures such as American or Israeli are more results-oriented whereas cultures such as German or Russian are more process-oriented. There are pros and cons to both.

Being a results-oriented business could get results faster but not to the level of quality of a process-oriented organization.

On the flip side, being process-oriented may be more thorough and higher quality, but slower in execution than a results-oriented organization.

To learn about the other two areas, please click here to read the entire article!

 

Cultural Differences

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Melissa Lamson

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Melissa Lamson, Founder and President of Lamson Consulting, is an author, consultant, and speaker who accelerates the business expansion goals of today’s most successful companies by developing global mindset, refining leadership skills, and bridging cross cultural communication.
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