The Three Dimensions of Cultural Orientations

10/15/2013

The Cultural Orientations Model is broken into three distinct dimensions:

Interaction Style – This impacts how people tend to communicate and engage with others in work situations. Assessing your Interaction Style cultural preferences can help you to collaborate effectively in virtual and intact teams, interact and communicate efficiently, establish business relationships, and handle conflict situations.

Thinking Style – This impacts how people tend to process information in work situations. Assessing your Thinking Style cultural preferences can help you communicate and process information; structure meetings, presentations and reports; convince others of your point of view; and determine criteria for decision making and problem solving.

Sense of Self – This impacts how people tend to view identity and motivation in work situations. Assessing your Sense of Self cultural preferences can help you motivate yourself and your colleagues, be comfortable and productive in your work environment, and evaluate your tolerance for risk and uncertainty at work.

Among these three dimensions there are preferences that indicate how you interact, think and feel about and within work situations. Knowing them and learning how to work with them and around them is the key to building cultural competence.

Diane McGreal