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.
The Global World of Finance
The ‘global’ financial world as we know it today was built around an Innocence/Guilt way of thinking. Legal codes in primarily Innocence/Guilt countries tend to be extensive and extremely detailed, reflecting the cultural importance placed on knowing exactly what is right and what is wrong, particularly in matters involving banking and taxes.
Destiny has us covering the fourth dimension of culture today.
Destiny is about how much control you think you have over your life: whether you tend to change to fit your environment or try to change your environment to fit you.