Information on Cultural Diversity & Awareness for Global Organizations
Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

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Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Unconscious bias stems from ancient times when humans needed to organize people and things into categories to survive. This mental predisposition plays a role in modern biases we are exposed to each day. False judgments result from a variety of factors, such as race, gender, age, or religion. We must acknowledge the vast variety of…
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Welcoming Culturally Diverse Renters

13.7% of United States residents are foreign-born, and this percentage is expected to reach over 14% by 2025. Property managers cannot ignore the variety of cultural differences this large segment of the US population brings to rental communities throughout the country. For example, some renters may leave shoes outside their doors, remove closet doors, or…
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When in Rome…

We’ve all heard the saying, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do.” This familiar statement can be very helpful when applied to international business, as there are a variety of minute differences that can influence the success of your interaction. Direct eye contact is favored in the United States; it is considered both respectful…
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5 American Behaviors Considered Rude in Other Areas of the World

Different cultures have different customs. Even simple things, such as hand gestures, can have entirely different meaning in other areas of the globe. When visiting an international destination, or meeting with a diverse group of colleagues, it is important to understand how your non-verbal behaviors may be interpreted in effort to avoid being rude and…
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3 Tips to Overcome Language Barriers

Meeting a new colleague or potential client can be stressful. It’s likely you’ll be even more anxious if the person is from a different country and speaks a different language. Being anxious is understandable, but that should not limit having a successful meeting. There are three simple tips you can use to overcome the language…
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3 Reasons You Should Be Talking About Culture

We all have our own unique cultures that result from a variety of factors including our upbringing and nationality. There are a number of benefits to having culture-focused discussions regularly. Here are five of the most important reasons: Each discussion is an opportunity for education. Every time we discuss culture, we can learn something new….
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3 Influences on Your Unique Culture

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines culture as “the integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations.” Cultures arise from and are influenced by a variety of factors that cause each particular person’s culture to vary, even if only slightly, including: Our Generation Culture…
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Why Diversity Training Must Be Partnered with Inclusion Strategies

Training Employees to Harness the Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion The definition of diversity has shifted in recent years to encompass the many characteristics, both implicit and acquired, which define individuals – race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, education, accessibility, sexual orientation, and developed communities. As Millennials are now a majority of the workforce, Generation Y…
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Avoid Failure Abroad: Adapt Your Company’s Offerings for International Customers

Many businesses that expand internationally fail. A number of reasons can contribute to failure; however, one of the simplest methods to avoid an international misstep is to learn about your new customers. Knowing who you’re selling to will not only tell you how to position and market your product but also what changes you must…
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When You Need to Handle Business Cards With Care

In North America exchanging business cards is a typical component of networking and interacting with other business professionals. It is quite common to stash the business cards you’re handed in a pocket or purse moments after receiving them. This is acceptable, even expected, in North America. However, if you’re meeting with international colleagues or potential…
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