What about Disagreeing @Work?

By Fahad Alqahtani 

Let me explain this concept using Press Freedom Index results of 2019. If we considered that cultures that took centuries of emphasize by their members into account, we can predict which countries will support press freedom and which will make sure that freedom of expression will not harm their culture’s image. As leading structure will dominate law enforcement in extremely hierarchical cultures, confrontation of disagreement is a form of expression that is not considered as a well intended response regardless of how catastrophic is matter in hand might be.

Disagreeing at work

As this chart demonstrates from Erin Meyer’s book, while typical Indians, Mexicans or a worker from Philippine have a cultural encouragement to express his/her sense of dissatisfaction from work or life in general, she exert a big effort not to confront authority that caused it in the first place as a sign of showing respect. On the other hand, French, Spanish and Americans seems to live in a culture that support expressing such feelings to the face of authority with various degrees of intensity.

Disagreement at work 2

So, here are results of Press Freedom Index with top ten out of 180 countries. You can see confrontational countries like Netherlands are among top ten who encourage confrontations (world’s 4th) even if they are not from a culture that would encourage individuals to be emotionally expressive.

Disagreement at work 3

Likewise, a country like China rank at the bottom of freedom index (World’s 177th) without being genuinely concerned.

So, I think it is more reasonable to expect each culture to defend their unique view and resist organizations of global reach (Like UN) to risk changing them to end up looking like the rest of human beings. As sad this may sound, but global organizations still need to spend more time and effort viewing slow progress in what they like to consider as “Universally accepted” agenda as just a romantic theory that needs deeper understanding of cultural ego.

 First figure (Figure 7.3) is scanned directory from the "The culture map" book by Erin Meyer - page 204
 Charts are screen shots from Reporters without boarders website - 2019 World Press freedom index:https://rsf.org/en/ranking


Get a Taste of How Chris Presents, Watch his TEDx Talk



7 + 12 =

call culture mattersCall Direct: +32476524957


whatsapp culture matters directlyEuropean Office (Paris) Whatsapp: +32476524957


The Americas (USA; Atlanta, GA; también en Español):  +1 678 301 8369

Book Chris Smit as a Speaker

If you're looking for an Engaging, Exciting, and Interactive speaker on the subject of Intercultural Management & Awareness you came to the right place.

Chris has spoken at hundreds of events and to thousands of people on the subject of Cultural Diversity & Cultural Competence.

This is What Others Say About Chris:

  • “Very Interactive and Engaging”
  • “In little time he knew how to get the audience inspired and connected to his story”
  • His ability to make large groups of participants quickly and adequately aware of the huge impact of cultural differences is excellent”
  • Chris is a dedicated and inspirational professional”

In addition, his presentations can cover specific topics cultural topics, or generally on Cultural differences.

Presentations can vary anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours and are given World Wide.

Book Chris now by simply sending an email. Click here to do so.

Read more about what Chris can do for you.

  • Percentage of People Rating a Presentation as Excellent 86% 86%
  • Rating the Presentation as Practical 89% 89%
  • Applicability of Chris' presentation 90% 90%

About Peter van der Lende

Peter van der Lende International business development

Peter has joined forces with Culture Matters.

Because he has years and years of international business development experience joining forces therefore only seemed logical.

Being born and raised in the Netherlands, he has lived in more than 9 countries of which most were in Latin America.

He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) with his family.

You can find out more at https://expand360.com/

Or find out what Peter can do for you here.

Chris Smit
Latest posts by Chris Smit (see all)
We're looking for new Podcast Guests!

We're looking for new Podcast Guests!

If you think you or someone you know would make a good guest for our Culture Matters on International Business, drop us an email.

(make sure you or the person you know will be able to talk about International affairs!)

Thanks, we'll be back to you soon!