The Cultural Navigator at Any Level

9/30/2014

The Cultural Navigator is an ideal platform for employees at any level of a company, and at any point in their careers. There are so many activity types and resources on the Cultural Navigator for the adult learner who needs to gain cultural competence to be able to work in today’s fast-paced, dynamic and diverse global business environment.

As a first example, individual employees can get a start learning about their own cultural preferences, about how culture impacts their work, and about how to work better on teams – whether virtual or face-to-face – by exploring the different interest areas in the Cultural Navigator. Each interest area includes all the articles, e-learning modules, videos, podcasts, scenarios and learning paths available regarding the selected interest. When users select interest areas, they appear on the top of their Cultural Navigator home page. This makes it easy for any user to search through everything the Cultural Navigator has to offer on whatever topic is most relevant to them.

As another example, mid-level managers can explore different Cultural Navigator activities on team management https://www.culturalnavigator.com/CN7/Learning/MyInterests.aspx?id=6 and diversity. https://www.culturalnavigator.com/CN7/Learning/MyInterests.aspx?id=5 If they are planning a trip abroad for work, the International Assignment topic area https://www.culturalnavigator.com/CN7/TopicArea.aspx?id=5 features four interactive learning paths on expatriation. They can also check out the Cultural Navigator’s Country Guide https://www.culturalnavigator.com/CN7/CountrySelector.aspx section and read extensive and detailed information compiled by a subject matter expert on the country they are about to do business in. In addition, they can do a gap analysis with the country and print it out to take with them and read on the plane.

Finally, top-level managers can read about such diverse topics as using the Cultural Navigator to institute organizational change initiatives https://www.culturalnavigator.com/CN7/ArticlePage.aspx?act=5901 to developing global acumen https://www.culturalnavigator.com/CN7/ArticlePage.aspx?act=5764. They can also familiarize themselves with the negotiation and managing skills they will need to do business in any of the 57 countries the Cultural Navigator has negotiating and business management content https://www.culturalnavigator.com/CN7/ManagingAcrossCultures.aspx on. 

Anybody at any level of an organization is advised to take their COI assessment. Their results will tell them about their work-style preferences across the three dimensions of culture – Interaction Style, Thinking Style and Sense of Self – and they can read a debrief of what their preferences mean and the challenges they may face when working with people who have different orientations. They can also do gap analyses and group aggregate reports that point out potential cultural gaps and give suggestions of how to bridge them.

Now, all of the above is just suggestions for professional learners. There are so many more resources available on the Cultural Navigator in eight different media: articles, assessments, podcasts, learning paths, e-learning modules, quizzes, scenarios and videos. The possibilities for learning are vast, for any type of employee in any type of company or organization.  

Lynne Tarter