Within your particular intercultural business context, do you have discussions about the need to adapt? If so, do these discussions include comments on how successful some people are at adapting, while others resist changing? Unfortunately, many such conversations remain at a superficial level. Rarely do people within intercultural business contexts get down to the specifics of what needs to be adapted and how that can be accomplished. So lack of direction, rather than resistance to change, can be what is getting in the way of your adaptation to working effectively within an intercultural business context .
It’s important to keep in mind that change is always a choice and requires the following four skills:
1. That you can see what you could not see. Why? Because you cannot change what you cannot see.
2. That you know what is and what is not open to change. Why? Because you cannot change what is not open to change.
3. That you choose what you want to change and what you do not want to change. Why? Because then you can focus your efforts.
4. That you know what to practice so that change happens. Why? Because change is not a destination, it is a process.
I have addressed each one of these in my series of actions that you can take to improve your intercultural communication. So if you really want to go beyond a superficial conversation about adapting to your current intercultural business, I invite you to start here.50 Actions you can take to enhance your interecultural communication skills