We are who we are, and a lot goes into making us who we are…culture is one of those ingredients. Culture is complex, so are our relationships with ourselves and others. Before we can form effective, meaningful relations with others, we must first establish a relationship with ourselves- our cultural selves- and understand how that perspective impacts the way we view and treat others who are different.
Participants will learn about the concept of intercultural competence and how to build it. How we handle difference can be measured, and the Intercultural Development Inventory plots our abilities to leverage difference on a continuum. Participants will learn that intercultural competence is a skill that can be improved with focus and attention.
In order to achieve cultural competence, one must first understand how one’s own cultural understandings and expectations lead to monocultural mindsets or the expansiveness of intercultural mindsets. The Intercultural Development Continuum identifies the mindsets of Denial, Polarizing, and Minimization hamper inclusion efforts.
Most assume when they encounter a person what they see or observe is what they know about that person. What is not factored in is that they interpret the world through the lens of their own culture. This training will focus on subjective aspects of culture: values, beliefs, perceptions, and behavior. The IDI measures the degree of subjective culture competence. How does one’s culture affect relationship with power, achievement, risk, expression, trust, communication, bias, and behavior, etc.?
This training connects the mindsets of Denial, Polarization, Minimization, Acceptance, and Adaptation to the participant’s values, beliefs, expectations, and perceptions and how it impacts their relations with others.
Prerequisite- Participants must complete the IDI assessment prior to admission.
Contact BSMART Coaching at 716.874.1819.