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Cultural Intelligence (CQ)

Cultural intelligence is the foundation for leadership, presentations, decision making and problem solving in all cross-cultural interactions and co-operations. It is essential to learn the basic tools in order to understand and interact in global environments.

As individuals we are all different, is it really possible to talk about culture in general terms? And is it possible to improve your cultural intelligence through training?

Yes, absolutely! We can show you how it is possible to talk about culture, the culture in which you are socialized and which is ingrained in the fabric of a particular company, region or country. In spite of our unique personality and individuality we are, to a certain extent, more or less coloured by our upbringing and its basic value system and norms. This is confirmed by the relatively newly coined term CQ.

IQ is associated with the logical thinking and EQ with emotional intelligence. CQ means cultural intelligence. On a cognitive level, high CQ indicates our ability to learn about other cultures, their language, history, religious values, politics and literature. On a more emotional level, CQ is based on an internal driving force, the motivation to learn more about other cultures. CQ means to be open to acquiring new friends, trying new dishes at the restaurant and being genuinely curious and interested in the new culture. CQ on a practical level is about how we actually behave in an intercultural context. It can be both verbal and non-verbal, how we make decisions and how we interact in society and how we communicate with each other in daily life. In summary, CQ is about understanding, feeling an inner motivation to be a part of the other and putting this into practice in a cross-cultural context.

In our seminar and training, you improve your CQ and broaden your understanding about the differences in expectations in cross-cultural environments. Sometimes we assume that the global dimension blurs the cultural differences. In reality, however, the differences appear even more clearly, not least in virtual meetings.

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