Every step towards development starts with a good hard look at yourself. This is especially true when it comes to social interactions in intercultural situations. The only problem here is that most people are unaware of their own cultural identity or lack the ability to clearly identify it. For some it might be easier, for example because they have lived or worked abroad and were confronted to identify their cultural identification, yet, when inside the water (ref. To picture Fish out of water) it might be difficult to see what it is you identify with.
Let me ask you:
Do you know what your non-negotiable values and biases are and how you act and react when you notice that they are contravened?
Why is this important?
In order to build and train your own cultural competence and sensitivity you have to have awareness of yourself and yourself in interactions with others. Only then you can be flexible and ready for working and interacting in a multicultural environment. Once you identify your own cultural identity and lenses, it is time to change habits to build cultural competence.
Follow the steps below to take the first step in this process.
Have a look at the checklist below!
If you wish to find out about your unconscious and implicit biases towards certain characteristics (age, gender, sexuality, Asian, Arab-Muslim, etc.) check out this test. (FYI: You can provide as much and as little information of yourself without signing up.)
Underline that there is not only one way of reaching the goal, and there is not axis of good or bad where approaches can be located along!