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What Is Intercultural Competence? Part 2

In my first post on this topic I discussed the basics of intercultural competence. Here we dig a little deeper, using something called the Intercultural Development Continuum, or IDC. Here’s what the IDC looks like:

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The Psychology of a Peach

In this post we’ll continue the theme from last week’s post, delving into the social psychology of U.S. American “peachiness” — the relative shallowness of many U.S. American social ties. In 1971, anthropologist Francis Hsu published the intimidatingly titled “Psychosocial … Continue reading

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“Peachy” U.S. Americans, Part 2

In a recent post I introduced readers to the concept of “peach” cultures and “coconut” cultures. Then yesterday a colleague sent me a link to this article from the UC Davis student newspaper, which discusses the same issue. All this … Continue reading

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Eye of the Beholder

In our CIL workshops we often begin with a short discussion of what we mean by “culture.” People are often surprised to find out how deeply culture affects our moment-to-moment existence. In fact, it turns out, culture affects even how … Continue reading

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Who is in charge of our minds? The lizard or the poet?

We all know how fear feels. And most of us probably don’t have to think too far back to remember the last time we felt fear. Maybe the boss was acting funny that day and you felt in danger of … Continue reading

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Resilience and Leadership

[This is part of an occasional series about the characteristics of intercultural leaders.] In times of trial and uncertainty we turn to our leaders for calm. When leaders aren’t calm, how can the rest of us be? I once worked … Continue reading

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What is intercultural competence? Part 1

Much of the work we do at the Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) revolves around developing something called “intercultural competence.” What is it? In simplest terms it means our ability to work well with people from different cultural backgrounds — … Continue reading

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Gaining Global Leadership Skills While Building Deep Friendships

The Intercultural Leadership Initiative (ILI) is a once in a lifetime opportunity for I-House residents and student staff.  Imagine a room full of young leaders from around the world thinking about how to be a more effective leader in today’s … Continue reading

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Empathy: An Anchor in the Storm

Words fail me — fail all of us, really — in the flurry of awful emotions after the violence in Paris last week. Speaking just for myself, I can’t possibly get my mind and heart around the horror of the … Continue reading

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The Power of Humility

[This is part of an occasional series about the characteristics of intercultural leaders.] Having spent ten years as a U.S. American living and working in China, I’ve been lucky enough to have had many, many chances to reframe intercultural challenges … Continue reading

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