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How to Run a Meeting of People From Different Cultures

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.

10 Cultural Competencies of the Successful Global Trainer

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.

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The Japanese-American U.S. Army Intelligence Unit that helped win WWII

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, traces its roots to the secret World War II U.S. Army intelligence unit comprised of Japanese-Americans – the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). 

Then, as now, we needed to succeed militarily and also communicate with other cultures and nations. 

The MIS was started in late 1941 as a unit to train Japanese-Americans (Nisei) to conduct translation and interrogation activities. MIS men came mostly from Hawaii and the West Coast.

Human perception key in hard power, soft power, smart power

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.

Fighting ISIS Over Cups of Tea

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - A small group of Soldiers from the Army Reserve 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Indianapolis, and the 82nd Sustainment Brigade Fort Bragg, N.C. are currently serving as a logistical advise and assist team at Camp Taji, Iraq, to help Iraqi Security Forces sustain their war fighters as they push forward in their fight against ISIL. They accomplish this mission by drinking a lot of coffee and tea (chai).

Navy Research Project on Intuition

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.

Understanding Asia: US Companies In Action

“A U.S. company in Hong Kong was dumbfounded when it received very few calls after its grand opening,” reports Suzanne Fox in The China Business Review. As she explains, the company’s phone number was “414-1414, which in Chinese sounded like ‘death, want death, want death, want death,’ and few Chinese would dare dial those numbers.”

Storytelling affects human biology, beliefs, behavior

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.

Can Video Games Help to Prevent Culture Shock in War?

War themed video games are common, and the general consensus is that these types of games actually desensitize youth to the empathy required in real world conflict situations.  However, Alelo is lookinng at ways to use gaming technologies to do the opposite, to prepare military members for other cultures and actually prevent culture shock.

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