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This blog category contains essays and reflections on topics related to culture and working across borders.

What Are Some Cultural Drivers? Introduction to Time Orientation

This dimension is multi-faceted.  While it is easier to look at organizations that have long term vs. short term orientation (for example, the drive to make the quarterly numbers in US American businesses) – it is less obvious when we talk about this orientation in terms of people.  Sometimes this same approach is seen in the way people view doing things fast (Is fast and not exactly correct better than 100% correct even if it is late?).  Frankly, I’d like my paycheck to be 100% accurate and my electricity to be available 100% of the time.

Which of the following describes you best?

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What Are Some Cultural Drivers? Introduction to Achievement

Too many people who teach about this dimension talk about Quality of Life vs. Achievement incorrectly.  Learners come back with – hey I care about my quality of life and I also want to achieve.  They have a difficult time getting the distinction between what Geert Hofstede initially called Masculinity/Femininity.

Which of the following describes you best?

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