Why Watching Cultural Performances Is More Important Than You Thought

I must admit that I am not really the type who often goes to cultural events like dances, theater and so on. Maybe this will change now. The reason why I did not appreciate it very much was that I saw it more as pure entertainment, rather than something that I could learn from. But when I went to a performance of…

Seek, Sense, Share: A Framework For Making Sense Of The World

There is a good reason why I love moving from country to country: I want to understand the world. I know it’s impossible. Nobody could ever understand everything. But still, I think experiencing the world is the key to coming as far as one possibly can. Wherever you go you will see unique perspectives on the world. Now, of course…

When National Culture Looses its Grip on You – Say Thanks to Your Environment!

Who are you? What makes you who you are? Your job, the country you come from, your education, or maybe your religion? Right now I am struggling to answer these questions for myself. Of course I know that all of these aspects together form the person I am. But there are aspects of your life that have a bigger influence…

Nothing But Conflicts: Problems in International Negotiation Can’t Be Avoided, But They Can Be Managed

Imagine you representative of a western company want to start a joint venture with a Chinese firm. What is likely to happen, what are the common problems in these cases? Well, the most common problem is that western negotiators are often too impatient. They forget that before they start talking about business, they need to develop a relationship with the…

Why Cross-Cultural Learning Depends on Both of You

It is no news that when you interact with someone from a new culture, you need to be open-minded and willing to learn. Without that, your communication is deemed to failure. The problem is: no matter how experienced you are in cross-cultural communication, the success of your encounter will always also depend on the other person. In his book Management…

Brahmin or Kshatriya: Which Values Dominate the Indian Society Today?

Brahminical values, those of the knowledgeable class, influenced the India of the past the most. People were expected to be knowledgeable but compliant and to live a simple life in restraint. Excessive behavior was taboo – the one who conformed and lived a life of patience was seen as the “best citizen”. This kind of conformity was also closely related…

Beware! Culture Changes Your Brain Without You Noticing

Your brain is in constant change. With every new experience (meaning: every single moment) connections between the neurons in your brain are created. As a result, the structure of your brain changes all the time.  Scientists call this “neuroplasticity”. Seeing that, our notion of IQ does not really make sense. Since everything we learn recreates our brain, and every time…

Your Perspective is Never Complete

Your perspective is never complete. Never forget this. I mean, look at the fish. The only thing he can see is the wall. Wow, I feel sorry for him. He must be very lonely. But the humans on the top? They might be able to explore the world, but they still don’t know that in reality they are living on…