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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Feng Lim, cofounder and chief executive officer of CultureGuru, recently announced the creation of an app which helps track Asian holidays and cultural events. He says the inspiration for the app came from the team’s own problems keeping up with cultural celebrations. “There are so many festivities on the Lunar calendar, and for the younger generation (Gen-Y and Gen-Z) like me and my team, it’s difficult to remember so many dates. There is the Lunar New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival, Hungry Ghost Festival, Winter Solstice, different gods’ birthdays … can anyone really remember them all?"
About twelve years ago, a friend yelled at me for what he saw as constant interruptions. “You never let me finish talking,” he said.
I was confused. When had I ever interrupted him?
After much discussion, I finally figured it out. What he considered an interruption — saying “right” or “yes” while he was talking — was the only way I knew to listen politely. In my experience, remaining completely silent while someone else was speaking meant you were checked out.
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.