CrossCulture Archives - Abacus Yellow

09 Apr 2018

It's called Indian English. And this list could go on and on! The very fact that  most young Indians speak a reasonable level of grammatically correct English (let's not discuss accents please) and that they listen to a range of music from ColdPlay and Justin Bieber to Pavarotti does not mean we are that steeped in what is called the "Western way" of thinking. We've taken English to its...

07 Apr 2018

Transition time? The RFP is done successfully. You are now sitting plum on a huge deal and all you have to do for the next promotion is to see that it goes smoothly. Are you the transition manager for the big deal everyone in the office is talking about? Are you the one who's taking over the reins for that winning logo? Easy, right? Or...wait a minute... is it keeping you up at nigh...

30 Mar 2018

Disclaimer Alert: I am not a cricket fan. So before all you seasoned followers of the game start, I'd like to own up to that. Not a cricket fan. Not a cricket player. Not an expert. Phew! Now that that's done, I'd like to say two things that will make the next few paras make sense. I do not live under a rock. Which means I do know what's happening in my immediate universe. And I ...

28 Mar 2018

Managing Intercultural relationships can be quite daunting. Your team mate comes from another state. You can't stand him. Your friend's friend can be quite loud. You don't agree with her views. And now at work you have to deal with a team from three different countries in Europe. Now not only is the culture not same but you don't even have similar beliefs. Is life testing you? ...

26 Mar 2018

Conflicts in Cross Culture Here's another conflict in cross culture. Heard of gender stereotyping? The blue-for-boys and pink-for-girls kind? It's not just us. It's cultures all over the world. Not exactly that way but yes, well-defined gender roles are yet another dimension of culture. And conflicts in cross culture can arise from here. Masculinity vs Femininity - A Cultural Dimension...

25 Mar 2018

Cross Cultural Conflict based on Hofstede Scores Conflicts in cross culture often occur in societies which differ in degrees of individualism. We spoke of cultural differences based on hierarchy. There is another overarching difference - that of individualistic societies and collectivistic societies. Individualism vs Collectivism is one of the dimensions propounded by Dutch culturologis...

24 Mar 2018

Cross Culture and its challengesOne of the most important differences across cultures is that of hierarchy. Cross culture understanding or misunderstanding can stem simply from this one dimension* of culture. Hierarchical societies have a clear ranking of authority in the society. It's the ascribing of power to the higher authorities by the lower. This hierarchy exists in the society - a...

21 Mar 2018

A ROUND UP OF THE BEST CROSS-CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS In the past week I have been talking (to those who cared to listen) about Cross-cultural Conversations and their significance in the workplace. Today it's worth looking back at each of them and seeing what they spoke about. Click on the links below to read any of the posts We started with how important cross-cultural conversa...