In a recent coaching assignment I prepared three chinese IT employees who plan to move to Dublin in summer this year.
My specific task was to provide detailed information as a country resource and as someone who has lived there.
So many details have been asked, like:
- do the Irish use sarcasm as humor?
- do I tip a taxi driver?
- which topic should I not mention when I am in a conversation?
Now, maybe some confidence about an individual being abroad comes with the experience.
To all the EDUCATORS:
When you train, coach, teach people in intercultural competence, please make sure you focus on the mind set and prepare people for the underlying local values and characteristics of cultural dimensions. Providing a guidebook with a long line of possible scenarios is not the solution to a competent global.
How to do that?
We will not generate mutual understanding by looking purely at differences or a list of "how to act" tips and tricks!