Greetings and Happy Midweek!
I was able to do some cross-cultural consulting this week, and have been thinking about how much I both enjoy and benefit from sharing with others who are interested, as am I, in effectively communicating and relating with people from other cultures. And the neat thing is, those with whom I interacted said it was very helpful to them as well. Wow...how’s that for a win-win?!
In our Global SKILLs 3 Dimensional Dynamics model, all 3 dimensions (Home, Host and Harbor) come into ‘play’ (pun intended!) with a constant focus on mutual beneficiality - or in this context, win-wins in which everyone benefits.* When one explores cross-cultural winning perspectives and practices, it soon becomes clear that winning, and competition - the dynamic which often goes hand-in-hand with winning, can get very complicated. People around the world participate in both, often with shared needs and goals however, often, winning for one necessitates losing for another.
I love an example of all this which I heard of years ago, from an indigenous culture in Latin America. They were avid football (American soccer) fans but their game ‘goals’ and dynamics were quite different from the sport’s standards. Each team would compete fiercely to get goals, striving for the most...however, a game never ended until there was a tie - and thus in their culture, everyone in that game was a winner! Maybe, in my humble opinion, that was true in some ways for everyone in the community as well!
How about you ~ what’s a win-win cultural experience you have had recently?
Share about that with a friend or note it here.
And check out the Global SKILLs LINKs below for more on winning.
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Until next week,
* Global SKILLs 3 Dimensional Dynamics Model: 1st dimension = HOME ; 2nd dimension = HOST ; 3rd dimension = HARBOR)...all 3 of which we looked at today
~ contact me for more information on this model and how you might use it in your current programming
Global SKILLs LINKs
~ before wins comes some good old competition - or is it? Old, yes...but good?! https://www.highroaders.com/blog/competition-across-cultures-more-harm-than-good/
~ win-wins and meals - worthwhile combination: https://www.pon.harvard.edu/daily/win-win-daily/win-win-negotiation-example-different-culture-shared-meals/
~ win-wins in cultural institutions: https://www.culturepartnership.eu/en/article/win-win-stsenariy-dlya-kuljturnogo-sektora
2021 ~ Celebrating 40 years of working in
intercultural communications and global community building
Connecting, Collaborating, Cultivating Community