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Dimensions of Cross-Cultural Differences: 10 of the Biggest

We can think of cross-cultural differences as different average positions along a number of scales from one extreme to another. Let’s look at ten of the most important of these scales.

Watching this video is worth 3 Management Courses CPD Points*.
(See below for more details)

This video is part of course module number 4.3.6
Program 4: Managing & Leading Groups
Course 3: Teams
Section 6: Cross-cultural Teams

Other videos in this section include:
🎬 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Teams
πŸ”— https://youtu.be/hJhRXuG2duk
🎬 Developing Cross-Cultural Awareness
πŸ”— https://youtu.be/caMl06BtW7I
🎬 Tips for Cross-Cultural Working
πŸ”— https://youtu.be/9G6LiVhrzOs

1. High context (subtle, oblique, indirect suggestions) and Low context (direct, detailed statements).
2. Hierarchical (status and deference) and egalitarian (democratic and meritocratic)
3. Independent (separate issues and personalities) vs Interdependent (face-saving, harmony, dignity)
4. Co-operative (consensus-seeking) vs Competitive (comfortable with conflict)
5. Individualistic (seeking personal gain and fulfillment) vs Group-oriented (tribal and collaborative)
6. Tight time (clock watch, punctual) vs Loose time (relaxed, responsive)
7. Assertive (outgoing, informal) vs Private (reserved)
8. Merit (earned recognition) vs (standing (status linked to symbols, labels, and history)
9. Expressive (Emotional) vs Controlled (suppress emotions, come across as cold)
10. Pragmatic (choices, control, agency) vs Submissive (fate, destiny, relaxed)

1. Think about each member of your team who comes from a culture that is in any way different from the prevailing culture of your team. Include yourself. For each one, inventory the 10 cross-cultural differences I discuss in the video. What do you learn? (6 MC CPD Points)
2. Review what this means for how you lead your team and get the best from them, as a team, and as individuals. (3 MC CPD Points)

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– The Five Dysfunctions of a Team https://geni.us/wbIE
– The Wisdom of Teams https://geni.us/7i1AL
– The Belbin Guide to Succeeding at Work https://geni.us/Kzc4GV4
– Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart https://geni.us/oAgEOdA
– Pulling Together: 10 Rules for High-Performance Teamwork https://geni.us/zUVV3G
– HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Teams https://geni.us/0DLsNe4

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Supporting Your Team through Common Challenges [Compilation]
Team Leadership Briefing [Compilation]
Team Development Process [Compilation]
Managing & Leading Remote Teams [Compilation]
Patrick Lencioni: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Margerison McCann: The Team Management Wheel
Meredith Belbin: The Belbin Team Roles Profile
Katzenbach and Smith: The Wisdom of Teams
Taking Care of the Wellbeing of People in Your Remote Team
Developing People in Your Remote Team
Getting Sufficient Challenge in Your Remote Team
Maintaining Productivity in Your Remote Team
Fostering Responsibility within Your Remote Team
Crafting Connection and Building Culture in Your Remote Team
Helping Build Understanding in Your Remote Team
Creating Trust in Remote Teams
Introduction to Managing Remote Teams
Tips for Cross-Cultural Working: 10 + 1 Bonus
Developing Cross-Cultural Awareness: The Stages
Introduction to Cross-Cultural Teams
How to Support Your Team for Learning: 7 Things
Supporting Your Team through Conflict: 3+1 Roles to Play
How to Support Your Team through Change – 6 Steps
Supporting Your Team through Team Stress: 4 Steps
Supporting Your Team Under Pressure: Return to High-Performance
Team Leadership: Handling Team Problems
Daniel Goleman’s 6 Leadership Styles for Team Leaders
Team Leadership Continuum [Tannenbaum & Schmidt]
Four Quadrants of Team Leadership
LEAD Your Team: 4 Team Leadership Priorities
Team Leadership: John Adair’s Action Centered Leadership
Servant Leadership: Leading Your Team in the Tuckman Performing Stage
Team Leadership and the Tuckman Group Development Stages
Teamwork: Your Team Working Problems Solved
Teamwork: Problem Solving with Your Team
Teamwork: Team Celebrations
Teamwork: Leading Effective Team Reviews
Teamwork: Elements of Effective Team Meetings
Teamwork: Your Team’s Skills and Expertise
Teamwork: Facilitating Effective Team Working
Teamwork: Protecting Your Team
Teamwork: Providing for Your Team
Teamwork: Essentials of Working as a Team
Kurt Lewin’s Freeze Phases for Team Development
The Drexler-Sibbet Team Performance Model

Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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