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    1. 1. Section Six <ul><li>Assignment 6: Cultural Communication </li></ul>
    2. 2. Cultural Communication <ul><li>Dora Desiderio-Eaton </li></ul><ul><li>COMM 320: Craig A. DeLarge </li></ul><ul><li>MBA, Design Management </li></ul><ul><li>March 11, 2011 </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Lewis Cross Cultural Communication Model <ul><li>&quot;Cultural behavior is the end product of collected wisdom, filtered and passed down through hundreds of generations as shared core beliefs, values assumptions, notions and persistent action patterns. </li></ul><ul><li>In other words, culture is a collective programming of the mind, that distinguishes the members of one human group from another.&quot; Richard Lewis </li></ul>
    4. 4. Simple <ul><li>The above illustration is a wonderful example of the unclear and diluted communication that is, unfortunately, encountered at my workplace on almost a daily basis. Verbal and non-verbal cue’s play a large impact on how challenges are identified and ultimately resolved. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Simple continued… <ul><li>A lack of understanding is common among both cultures. The workplace culture is sometimes divisive and the collected patterns that arise among small groups within the larger group are often negative and counter-productive. </li></ul><ul><li>The culture of my workplace is vastly different from my home culture and although I may be tempted to repeat the message that needs to be communicated, I have found that one “Simple” message will often “stick”. (Heath 16-18) </li></ul><ul><li>While my workplace is wrought with competition, chaos and confusion, my home culture is team-oriented, orderly and peaceful. </li></ul><ul><li>The “core” ideas in both environments that must be conveyed are essential however, the workplace is the most challenging environment that I face in which to share S imple information. (Heath 16-18) </li></ul><ul><li>Both cultures and I have reaped the benefit’s of Heath’s Simple approach to sharing information. The result has often been an easier understanding of the core concept and desired course of action, when necessary. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Unexpected <ul><li>Often, a lack of understanding amongst my peers at work leads to the need to present information in an U nexpected manner as described in Heath’s model. The use of unexpected presentation practices aids my ability to communicate a S imple “core” message in a clear and concise manner. (Heath 16-18 ) </li></ul><ul><li>The use of U nexpected (Heath 16-18 ) visual aids, props and, on occasion, guest presenter’s, has allowed the focus to shift from the messenger (me) to the message that I need to convey. </li></ul><ul><li>I can easily share information using Heath’s model and I often share information through redirecting the focus of my group or creating a “curiosity gap”. (Heath 16-18 ) </li></ul><ul><li>This technique works well in both my work and home culture when the expectation during a communication conflict is to receive a defensive response. By re-focusing the group on the commonality of the message and the desired results, I can create an U nexpected arena for both my work and home communications. </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing unexpected insights, idea’s or visual’s pulls my workplace culture closer together and creates a common bond or, in the least a shared directive. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Concrete <ul><li>The idea’s that must be related in the workplace and in my home culture are more easily understood by my listener’s when I share a C oncrete (Heath 16-18 ) example with them. </li></ul><ul><li>In the workplace, there is a common foundation that is shared among the staff. This foundation makes it possible to share C oncrete imagery among my peers because we share the same workplace cultural belief’s. We all hope to help kids to achieve in life and to graduate college. This commonality allows my workplace culture to begin at the same point of understanding in some necessary key areas. </li></ul><ul><li>In order to enhance this cultural belief system I often use concrete example’s from our affiliates that reinforce the idea’s or messages that I want to share. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Concrete continued… <ul><li>My home culture, like my workplace culture, shares a common foundation of family values, moral’s and ethic’s. When I need to convey a message to my home culture, I often rely on past examples that have bonded the group and resulted in a certain remembered outcome. </li></ul><ul><li>These historical example’s provide a clear and focused message that is easily remembered by my home culture. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Credible <ul><li>Credibility in my work culture is only as good as the information shared at any given time. Because of this constant need to re-establish credibility, I rely on shared information among the workplace culture that maintains significance and connections among my peers. If information comes from CIS National, for example, then it is automatically C redible (Heath 16-18 ) to my audience. </li></ul><ul><li>My credibility is not challenged so often in my home culture. Although my credibility depends on believability, my home culture is more apt to believe what I share due to our closely matched cultural commonalities and shared understandings. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Emotional <ul><li>“… inter-cultural communication competence can only be attained when self-reflective processes increase a person's awareness of her own culture, personality, identity in that particular situation and various other factors.” (Aleksandra) </li></ul>
    11. 11. Emotional continued… <ul><li>Emotional stories are the basis of our organizational success as a non-profit entity. </li></ul><ul><li>The workplace culture is in agreement to maintain and share information that is emotional and pulls at the heart strings of our funders. </li></ul><ul><li>This use of E motional S tories from Heath’s SUCCESs model is common in my workplace culture. This has helped me to develop my communication skill’s in order to create an emotional connection. </li></ul><ul><li>My home culture is heavily inundated with E motional S tories (Heath 16-18 ). </li></ul><ul><li>The common responses to E motional S tories is understood and therefore, easy to apply to my home culture communication. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Stories <ul><li>Factor's of cultural influences and communication from The Japan HR Society Cultural Communications: The Key to Language Fluency article are : </li></ul><ul><li>Gossip </li></ul><ul><li>Silence </li></ul><ul><li>Mental blocks </li></ul><ul><li>Conditioning </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental factors </li></ul><ul><li>“ Thinking language” or how we see things based on the language that we speak in our head. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Stories continued… <ul><li>According to The Japan HR Society Cultural Communications: The Key to Language Fluency article: </li></ul><ul><li>We put on a show for others but follow our own silent program </li></ul><ul><li>My “core beliefs” may align with common concepts however, I have different “notions” of truth, concepts and ethics. </li></ul><ul><li>The use of Stories (Heath 16-18 ) as an aid to see the same thing rather than a kaleidoscope of varied impressions is often effective in overcoming these barriers. </li></ul><ul><li>The SUCCESs checklist (Heath 246) listed below offers a framework to deal with communication problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Pay attention: Unexpected </li></ul><ul><li>Understand and remember it: Concrete </li></ul><ul><li>Agree/Believe: Credible </li></ul><ul><li>Care: Emotional </li></ul><ul><li>Be able to act on it: Story </li></ul>
    14. 14. Stories continued… <ul><li>S tories help remove barriers to communication, rehash the information and connect us through the use of sensory elements. (Heath 16-18 ) </li></ul>
    15. 15. In conclusion… <ul><li>It is interesting to see that there are common elements in my workplace culture and home culture. </li></ul><ul><li>The foundation set by my organization creates a common workplace culture or clearinghouse for our staff to build upon just as my home culture set certain foundation’s for my value's, ethic's and belief's to develop. </li></ul><ul><li>This being said, I am able to more fully appreciate the cultural connections that each environment has to offer and I hope to grow in my understanding and application of Heath’s SUCCESs model in my professional and personal life. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Reference Page <ul><li>The Lewis Cross Cultural Communication Model Image Source Page: </li></ul><ul><li>Lewis, Richard D. &quot;When Cultures Collide - Managing Successfully Across Cultures“. Nicholas Brealey Publishing; First Edition (February 23, 1999) </li></ul><ul><li>Heath, Chip, and Dan Heath. &quot;What Sticks?&quot; Introduction. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die . New York: Random House, 2007. (16-18, 246) Print. </li></ul><ul><li>Cartoon Image Source Page: http:// /blog/ </li></ul><ul><li>Handshake or bow Image Source Page: </li></ul><ul><li>CISP Image Source Page: </li></ul><ul><li>Family Values Image Source Page: </li></ul><ul><li>Credibility Image Source Page: </li></ul>
    17. 17. Reference Page continued… <ul><li>Inter-cultural communication Sketch Image Source Page: http:// =1722743&show=html </li></ul><ul><li>Aleksandra Vuckovic, (2008) &quot;Inter-cultural communication: a foundation of communicative action&quot;, Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, Vol. 2 Iss: 1, pp.47 - 59 </li></ul><ul><li>The Japan HR Society Cultural Communications: The Key to Language Fluency. HRA Editorial - September 2010. [email_address] (March 11, 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Gossip Image Source Page: http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Illusion Image Source Page: </li></ul><ul><li>Hierarchy of Lean Business Needs Pyramid Image Source Page: </li></ul>
    18. 18. Reflection: Cultural Communication <ul><li>Written Assignment #6 Reflections: </li></ul>