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?