But why is this? How do different cultures deal with rules and regulations in general? Is it true that Germans always stick to the rules? And that Americans only look at the legal implications for sticking to the rules (short answer: Yes!), and why does it seem that Italians have a much more laissez-faire approach to rules and regulations. Read More
In other words, in countries that score high on Power Distance people, whom are older (and greyer) get (and deserve) more respect than the young one’s.
I was sitting on the couch a couple of years ago, when the world championship football was being played in Germany.
My in-laws from India were over in the Netherlands for a couple of weeks! Since my father in-law (age 68 then) is a great football fan he was very eager to watch the games being played. As he did. Read More
Power Distance accounts for the majority of cultural differences in the world.
Understanding Power Distance is essential in Cultural Awareness Training. In this short video I explain what some consequences can be when different cultures with a different score on this dimension interact, or work together.
The dimension that matters most in Cultural Differences is often claimed to be Power Distance.
Even up to 80% of all cultural friction is attributed to Power Distance! There are 3 dimensions of culture more, but let’s first focus on this one.
Let us start with a definition, so we are all on the same page:
“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” George Orwell
Or to put it in a more official way, Power Distance is the: “Level of acceptance of people, whom have no power, of the unequal spread of power in their society.” Read More
Checking the online encyclopedia Wikipedia does not give an answer (the page does not exist!). Still in Cultural Awareness Training, it is a real important issue. How do you manage internationally and/or how do you manage expectations of other people when working Internationally? Read More
Imagine this setting: A small company consisting of about 8 people. They busy themselves with interim services (finding and placing candidates within companies). All this in the country Belgium. Most of them work remote. There is not really one office, and most communication is done by phone and/or e-mail.
Seems pretty efficient doesn’t it? That’s what I thought too, until I got this story from one of the people working there. Read More
At the time of this writing he has not yet resigned. Mr. Silvio Berlusconi.
And even if he would or does, it will not make any difference to the Italian situation. The situation of (government) corruption, the general chaos in the country and the overall debt Italy is currently in.
From a practical standpoint the reason is that there is very little “better” alternative. As a good Roman friend of mine once told me, when I asked him why (on earth) he voted for Berlusconi, his answer was quite frank and direct “it does not make a difference whom you vote for, all the other candidates are as corrupt as he is…”. Read More
One of the easiest dimensions to understand in Cultural Awareness Training from Professor Geert Hofstede’s 4 dimensions of culture is Power Distance. Sometimes attributed to as much as 80% of all the “difficulties” people experience when working internationally.
In this short video professor Hofstede explains the essentials of one of his dimensions called Power Distance.