John was so excited to be making his first business trip to Taiwan and wanted to make an impression. Little did he know what kind of impression he would leave behind.
He took it upon himself to give those with whom he met a beautiful gold watch.
Two weeks later he left Taiwan having had no successful contacts.
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Knowing the various cultures in the American workplace today can help us increase harmony, productivity and quality. The reason is quite simple. Cultural differences, when not understood, lead to miscommunication, ill feelings among employees and/or management and workplace conflict.
But once we understand the value that each person brings to the workplace by the beauty of thinking differently we begin to increase the contribution and value of each employee individually and of the workforce in whole. Improvement in communication occurs as we understand that putting something on the table prioritizes it in one culture but removes all priorities in another or that a basement could be a cellar or a bathroom.
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Additional Diversity Resources
- Culture Bridges are a look at the contents of the character within each of us. Information is contained on more than 20 different categories of culture.
- Cultural Faux Pas is an interesting quiz about marketing mistakes made by others.
- Culture Quizzes allow you to test your cultural IQ with fun and informative quizzes.
Diversity by the numbers
- Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
- 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap.
- 50 Activities for Promoting Communication and Understanding at Work: The Diversity Training Activity Book
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