In this Global and Cultural Sensitivity you learn that cultural awareness is more than how people look or good manners in business interactions. It means being sensitive to local customs, different company cultures, different traditions and values. Cultural insensitivity can offend or alienate employees, customers, partners and suppliers. Global cultural awareness and sensitivity are crucial in business and modern work life. Get this right and you lay the foundations of successful working relationships. Get it wrong and you can cause offense, lose trust and jeopardize business relations.
The Global and Cultural Sensitivity video features a case study of a team having a cultural awareness meeting: Serena is horrified when she sees everyone wearing fancy dress costumes. She explains that this can cause offence. The team learn to be appropriate, observe and follow local ways, never assuming you are superior. Serena advocates the importance of doing further research, and not being insensitive or outspoken about other peoples customs. Dion seeks tips from Tammy when doing business in China. They discuss problems with jargon and gestures. What may be acceptable in some cultures is bad manners elsewhere.
Key Learning Points
Don’t set yourself above others. Learn new ways from other cultures.
BE A CULTURAL AWARENESS CHAMPION
Comedy makes learning fun
This course is part of the Cutting Edge Communication Comedy Series, created by Psychologist Eve Ash and comedienne Erin Brown, starring Emmy-award winning Kim Estes. A powerful training series covering topics every workplace needs to address. Short, sharp and funny with simple messages and skills for everyone.
Cutting Edge Communication follows several characters through a landscape of social faux pas, insult and embarrassment. This series will amaze and enter-train, covering important lessons in human interaction, motivation, leadership, service, unprofessional behavior, apologizing, negotiating, stress, difficult people among many other workplace hot button issues.
Everyone will laugh and learn with these short episodes that highlight dos and don'ts. This Australian produced series was filmed on location in Los Angeles.