Cultural Differences

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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