In a society with a strong culture of Achieved status, you work hard and put in long hours to achieve, discover or develop something significant. As a result, you get noticed and rewarded with money and advances in position.
Are you guided more by what you personally desire in life, or by what is approved of in the communities you’re a part of? In the dimension of Accountability, people operate on a spectrum from Individual to Community accountability
Have you ever been stunned by the bluntness of a colleague? Or only after a project falls apart, realized your boss's vague hints were meant to help you see major problems with your work?
Planning describes the way we prioritize our lives.
How do you plan, and what is at the center of your priorities? The two poles of the Planning dimension are the preferences of Time Orientation and People Orientation.
If you are strongly time-orientated, you tend to plan your day within a framework of time. You view time as valuable, and try to make the most of it. You fill your schedule with tasks and meetings and keep to the schedule, including finishing meetings on time. Ad-hoc events may be difficult to manage.
Decision-Making is the eighth dimension for mapping our intercultural terrain.
If you’re familiar with cultural theory, you will have come across Trompenaars’ first orientation - highlighting the difference between universalism and particularism. Essentially he asks what is most important in decision-making, the Rules or the Relationships?
Have you met someone for the first time and found their behavior cold and distant? Perhaps they seemed non-communicative and you simply couldn’t read them. Today we're talking about the dimension of Expression; how much emotion is appropriate to show in a given context.
For our final Three Colors of Worldview case study, we'll consider an approach to implementing IT projects that wasted millions of dollars because its blueprinting process wasn't tailored for an intercultural context. After KnowledgeWorkx worked with technical consultants at a large company to create a better process, they were able to interpret inputs from people with different Colors of Worldview and operate more efficiently.
Connecting has to do with information, and how freely it is shared. Connecting focuses on two things: how people enter the physical space of social interaction, and the way in which information is shared between people.
What do you notice first in a new intercultural situation? Is it people's clothes? How people greet each other? These things are part of the dimension of Context: the unwritten rules of formality on what is appropriate and not appropriate in a given situation.
The Cultural Mapping Inventory, our tool for identifying cultural preferences in each of the 12 Dimensions of Culture, measures Context on a spectrum from Formal to Informal.