Written by Executive Diversity Services
These tips are helpful as a general guide. Individual differences are considerable so it is most useful when in doubt to ask the person what would be most helpful to them.
- Learn about your own culture and values, focusing on how they cause you to behave and communicate, both verbally and non-verbally. Accept that different cultures and values are valid and can be understood or learned.
- Acknowledge that we have each learned about other cultures and may not be objectively “factual” and may lead to stereotypes, misconceptions, or conflicts.
- Be responsible for your own learning. Read, listen, and observe without expecting someone else to teach you. At the same time, when you are part of a work team, be willing to share your experience to move the entire team forward toward a goal.