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DLNSEO Culture Team
October 23, 2015

Recently, the Association for Talent Development (ATD), a professional membership organization that supports individuals who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world highlighted a list of cultural competencies which the author thought was necessary in the workplace. This TD at Work excerpt identifies 10 competencies essential for people who wish to be effective in international talent development assignments.

They are

1. Knowledge of One’s Own Culture (Cultural Self-Awareness) 2. Knowledge and Appreciation of Other Cultures...
Culture Team
September 8, 2015

Lt. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum, the deputy commanding general and chief of staff of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, stressed the importance of cultural understanding and culture training during a recent visit to DLIFLC's Command Language Program Managers conference. “There is a lack of language proficiency in the Army. Having men and women who better understand the culture, and certainly speak the language, as we engage populations across the world is critical,” adding “language is the driver to understanding a culture.” Lt. General Mangum continued, “With the outreach programs that...

Steve Hammons
April 17, 2015

Back in 2009, news reports explained that a U.S. intelligence operative in Afghanistan had provided Viagra to an older tribal and community leader who had several younger wives. The story triggered humor, concern and insight about working closely with indigenous populations in Afghanistan elsewhere. This case shows us that interacting with indigenous people – so that they may consider being friends of Americans instead of enemies – can be approached in various ways, conventional and unconventional. Much discussion about soft power, hard power and smart power (the appropriate mix of hard...

Steve Hammons
April 6, 2015

The U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) has begun a four-year project to identify, understand and use “intuitive decision-making” and what is being termed “implicit learning.”

Can this type of research enhance human relations across cultures? There seem to be indications that such training and skills could impact a wide range of U.S. efforts.

Based on other formal research and anecdotal reports over the years, the ONR study, called “Enhancing Intuitive Decision Making Through Implicit Learning,” will attempt to determine how rapid or apparently spontaneous intuitive...

Steve Hammons
March 23, 2015

Read any good books lately? How about a compelling TV drama or movie? We all like a good story, and good stories can affect us in significant ways.

As a result, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been researching how storytelling affects you, me and other people around the world.

Throughout human history we have been telling and listening to stories. Ancient humans sat around the nighttime campfire and shared tales with the clan and tribe. Oral histories were passed on to the next generations, often in story form. And, of course, human societies...