The first thing we think of when we hear the word "culture" or "multicultural" is typically race, religion, or nationality. The reality is that every of us is a complex combination of more than a dozen cultures working together to form the content of our individual character.
A culture is any group of people that have a shared life’s experience. The experience must be significant enough that multiple people within the same demographic will develop a paradigm through which they view situations and react to those situations. For the most part cultural distinctions tend to be a positive nature and understanding those distinctions is a benefit to managing a multicultural workplace.
The most prevalent of the cultural distinctions are obviously race, ethnicity, gender and age. No one will dispute that men and women think and react differently to situations. Likewise, baby boomers and generation X react and think differently. Their paradigms have been influenced by the experiences of their gender and age.
We can breakdown the elements that make up the content of one’s character into three areas: 1) the elements from our birth, 2) the experiences of our personal life and 3) our professional life’s experiences.
When we learn the predominant characteristics of the culture we can better understand members of that culture. The good news is that once you learn information about a culture it is doubtful the information will change.
As Jeff Brezos, founder of Amazon.com, says, "Cultures, for better or worse, are very stable."
The people at getmaximpact.com has compiled a wealth of information to help understand the complexities of the content of one’s character. Fortunately this information is available on their website at no charge and is a critical tool for managers seeking to make team members feel comfortable in today’s multicultural workplace.
Learn more about today’s generations:
- Builders / Traditionalists, born before 1944
- Baby Boomers, born between 1943 and 1964
- Generation X, born between 1961 and 1980
- Generation Y, born between 1977 and 2000
- Millennials, born after 1998
- “Generations at Work: Managing the Clash of Boomers, Gen Xers, and Gen Yers in the Workplace”
- “Because I Said So! ”: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids.
- “When Generations Collide”: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work.
- More books about generations.
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