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DLNSEO Culture Team
May 22, 2017

Travelling to mainland China on business?  Here are some tips to show respect and build rapport. During Your First Meeting:

Shake hands upon meeting. Chinese may nod or bow instead of shaking hands, although shaking hands has become increasingly more common. When introduced to a Chinese group, they may greet you with applause. Applaud back and smile. Senior persons begin greetings. Greet the oldest, most senior person before others. During group introductions, line up according to seniority with the senior person at the head of the line.

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DLNSEO Culture Team
December 30, 2016

Third Culture Kids (TCK) are children raised in a culture other than their parents' native home for a significant part of their early development years.  TCKs become exposed to a greater variety of cultural influences during a formational time.  The first culture of TCKs is the culture of the country from which the parents originated.  The second culture is the culture in which the family resides.  And the third culture refers to the blending of these two cultures. TCKs are often exposed to a second (or third, fourth, etc.) language while living in their host culture....

Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, Ph.D. Anthropology, Alelo
April 6, 2016

The first time I lived abroad, in Argentina, I wrote an excited letter to an old friend. “I am living in a place that is very similar to the States in most ways,” I told him, “and yet everything in daily life takes place in Spanish. More amazing altogether: while there are tons of things I don’t understand, I am able to function very well.”

He complimented me on my Spanish, but he also issued me a caution: “You are only halfway there.” When you first arrive, he said, people appear to be so very different. And when you pass the first barrier, they seem to be just like you. But there...

Culture Team
March 14, 2016

Military professionalism has three main characteristics: responsibility, corporate unity and expertise, writes Col. Emmanuel Kotia, Ph.D, Chief Instructor at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, Ghana. These should be at the core of all military functions. Their importance in peacekeeping dates back to 1948 when the military played a central role in the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in the Middle East, the first modern peacekeeping mission. Today, the U.N. leads 16 peacekeeping operations worldwide. All depend on the efforts of professional...

Culture Team
December 7, 2015

How do people of different cultures come together and achieve a common goal? How can you bridge cultural divides? Recently Harvard Business Review, published a very interesting article on this very topic. According to Jeanne M. Brett, professor of dispute resolution and negotiations at Kellogg School of Management, " Multicultural meetings can be tricky to lead. People bring their cultural baggage with them wherever they go—and that includes the workplace.” Communication styles vary from culture to culture as do notions of authority and hierarchy, which only heightens the potential for...

Culture Team
December 4, 2015

Often times when thinking about Culture Training for the military, we focus on teaching military personnel to understand different cultures and people to successfully carry out thier mission. A recent news story, examines the inverse of how we view culture training. A recent survey of New Hampshire veterans indicated many felt ashamed of needing help for PTSD. And they also felt the providers—most of whom have no military experience—don’t understand what it’s like to be a veteran. The state’s Department of Health and Human Services is trying to fix that.  It’s funding classes on...

Culture Team
November 12, 2015

If you haven't already, drop by local bookstores and pick up a copy of Victor Sebestyen's new book 1946: The Making of the Modern World as the new book has interesting insights into the importance of cultural understanding how it affects military decision-making. Sebestyen's book chronicles the year 1946, a year that would signal the beginning of the Cold War, the end of the British Empire, and the beginning of the rivalry between the United States and the USSR. It also shows in interestig detail how men like Truman, Stalin, Churchill, MacArthur, Ben-Gurion, Hirohito, and Menachem Begin...