Cultural Intelligent Cultures
Leah Stickley, Trainer, Facilitator, Coach, China, Member
I'm not sure! I have worked in China for 10 years with expatriates and locals alike assisting them in adjusting to a new culture through cross cultural training programs. It seems to me that there isn't one country whose nationals adapt more quickly or are more culturally intelligent. It does seem to be a personality issue. Those who have travelled widely, are more detached, are more big picture and less concerned about time, seem to adapt better to China and Shanghai in particular (this is where I'm based). Also, those who are curious about others' history, language, traditions - Culture - may fit in more easily. those who are open to seeing themsleves in a different way and those who are willing to accept that there are other ways of doing tend to get better results. These are my observations from 20 years of working multi-culturally and 10 years of working in China. It is not the absolute truth.