Cultural Intelligence and Personality Structure

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Samuel Nduati Mbugua

Cultural Intelligence and Personality Structure

Many people can identify their weaknesses and be trained so as to avoid any obstacles in understanding and be part of a culture. There are some people who cannot change due to their personality structures. How can such people be changed to accept and embrace other cultures?

  Sabine Pitcher
Manager, United Kingdom
 

People Who Cannot Change????

Hi Samuel, in all my time dealing with this subject, I have not come across people who cannot change. Admittedly, some might not want to change - which then has to be addressed by the organisation. Like with any other training need or performance issue.
The main challenge is that the company needs to promote the right attitude and management have to lead by example.

  Wulf-Dieter Krueger
Teacher, Thailand
 

No Need to / Don't Want to / Unable to Change

No need to change - lack of intellect to see the necessity of change
Do not want to - believe they are/their culture is superior
Unable to - have never been taught the skills of how to find out and adapt.
An expat living in a country for 10 years and not speaking the local language on at least survival level might be category 1 and 2 and might be a hopeless case.
The latter might come by after some training.
The responsiveness of the environment to efforts to adapt also plays a role - being brushed off by 'you don't understand' does not encourage efforts to adapt to the surrounding culture/society.
CQ is a give-and-take situation, that I believe is not always understood.

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