Welcome to the first in a three-part exploration of developing cultural competence, designed to meet the needs of globally mobile individuals who are traveling or relocating abroad.
Living Abroad has been a trusted source of destination information for 30 years. Global organizations of all kinds have relied on the International Relocation Center to support their assignees, spouses/partners and business travelers.
What have we learned from our clients and colleagues? We’ve learned that a well run global mobility program commits to supporting their assignees and business travelers. We’ve also learned that cultural agility is crucial to success in cross cultural environments. In our recent client survey, over 80% of respondents said cultural learning was very important to an assignee’s success.
Meanwhile, culture tends to be something we take for granted. We don’t think about it until we are faced with uncomfortable situations that don’t make sense.
Our first learning track begins with Cultural Agility. What is it, and why is it important? Discovering the answers to these questions helps ease transitions when living or working abroad, and begins cultural development.
Now you may be asking yourself how this helps your globally mobile population. This information seems basic. Wouldn’t culturally-specific information be more useful?
A basic understanding of how culture impacts business is essential to understanding the specific cultural differences of one country to another. Detailed country specific information will follow but one has to be prepared with an open mind to recognize differences and accept them rather than judge them.
Stay tuned for our next video to further develop cultural competency.