• What kinds of cultural difference do you need to know most about?
I need to learn quickly about predominant religious and cultural values in Canada. Again, I believe, my prior exposure to American pop culture has somewhat equipped me well in this process. I should also learn about common attitudes and beliefs prevalent here. This is a challenging task as there are many nuances involved. I also aspire to learn about professional leadership styles, for it will stand me well during my career.
This last question asks you to consider which knowledge is most important for you to have in your current and future work. For example, a project manager might want to know as much as possible about communications styles, use of time and leadership styles. A marketing and sales person may want to focus on communication styles and advertising styles.
You know best You are the best judge of what you need to know and how you could adapt in your own work. You need to decide what your own next steps will be.
• Where are your current cultural strengths and weakness?
Strength – Trying to understand people from other cultures by patiently listening to their point of view.
Weakness – Irritability while dealing with people who are close-minded about my culture and religion.
• Do the weaknesses matter?
Yes, they do come in the way of fluent negotiation. So I will work to remedy this flaw.
• Should you take action on improving these areas?
Of course, a well-rounded action plan toward increasingly my cultural sensitivity and cultural intelligence is the way forward.
• Are you exploiting the full potential of your cultural strengths?
More or less. During my time in Canada, I have done everything I can to integrate into the mainstream society.