June 7, 2010 / 9:54 AM / 9 years ago

Three ways to boost cultural sensitivity

A man looks at stock market prices on computer monitors inside a securities company in Taipei January 15, 2009. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

“Globalization has set the expectation that employees collaborate and connect with people from different parts of the world. However, most people are not educated to work with those who are not like them. Build your cultural sensitivity with these three tips:

1. Join an international team. If you haven’t already worked on one, seek out an opportunity that lets you collaborate with people from different countries and cultures.

2. Take a foreign colleague to lunch. Ask her how people earn trust in her country or what her culture values in a leader.

3. Take a vacation. Immersing yourself in a different culture will give you insight into how things get done there. Stay away from tourist destinations and be sure to talk to locals as much as possible.”

- Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “Managing Yourself: Making It Overseas” by Mansour Javidan, Mary Teagarden, and David Bowen.

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