Manage the Cultural Differences while Working with People from other Cultures

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Nowadays, as we all notice that the world is getting flatter. More and more people are getting the chance to work with people from other culture. It is not only limited to the people from the developed countries like Americans and Europeans. People in the developing countries are also open to the opportunity to work with people from other culture. Understanding that culture difference is heavily rooted in people’s everyday behavior is only the first step to get to work with people. Coping the way foreigners do with the local culture is the key point to be successful in working with people from other culture. Misunderstanding the culture and behavioral difference can lead to problems and alienation, even confrontation, between colleagues …show more content…
Even the native speakers sometimes misunderstand each other because English can be ambiguous and misleading. Communication difficulties also exist when expatriates get into another country which speaks no or less English. To make the point across by using the simply English and small vocabulary is the way to help the better understanding. However, the communication barrier also lies in how people prefer to communicate. Some people prefer to talk versus to write, some people prefer to have a well-written document to communicate. In the video, Klaus as a German prefers well-written studies and papers, Luis as a Spanish likes more emotional way to discuss things orally. There is no good way or bad in communicate, people just like to have his or her own way. But, having different ways in communication can cause misunderstanding and confrontation.

Leadership would be another aspect in the culture difference. The balance of power in organizations between individuals and teams varies between cultures. This leads to different concepts of leadership and authority. In the high power-distance culture, like India and China, the leader is expected to be forceful and keep the distance from the subordinates. However, in the country like the US, leaders remain more or less on the same level as the rest of the team to

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