Cultural Differences



Understand differences and leverage diversity

Vadim Kotelnikov

Vadim Kotelnikov, founder of 1000ventures - personal logo Vadim




Cultural Intelligence  

Cultural intelligence (CQ) is your capability to grow personally through continuous learning and good understanding of diverse cultural heritage, wisdom and values, and to deal effectively with people from different cultural background and understanding. 

Eastern vs. Western Culture




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Cultural Intelligence







 What is Culture?

Culture in general is concerned with beliefs and values on the basis of which people interpret experiences and behave, individually and in groups... More





Yin-Yang of Cultural Intelligence

YIN (passive, accepting side).  Outside-In:
your capability to grow personally through continuous learning and good understanding of diverse cultural heritage, wisdom, and values.

YANG (active, aggressive side). Inside-Out:
your capability to deal effectively with people from different cultural background and understanding.

Cross-Cultural Differences

What's Hidden Below the Surface


Cultural Intelligence Corporate Culture Managing Cross-cultural Differences Vadim Kotelnikov Pearls of Wisdom Teamwork Harnessing the Power of Diversity Cultural Intelligence Understanding Perceptions Rapport Innovation Cutlure World Cultures What is Culture Culture and Cultural Intelligence Concepts

12 Tips for Global Business Travelers

  1. Learn something about the country, local customs, and cultural sensitivities to avoid making faux pas while abroad... More

The GE Leadership Effectiveness Survey (LES)

Cross-Cultural Communication

Eye Contact

  • North Americans view direct eye contact as a sign of honesty

  • Asians view direct eye contact as a form of disrespect

Corporate Culture

Strategies for Building a Growth Culture

  • Emphasize the future, not the past.

Structuring a Strategic Alliance

10 Questions To Answer

  1. How good are you in managing cultural differences?

New Product Development (NPD)

Shift To New Approaches: 7 Reasons

  • Designers research into total human experience, not merely customer experience. Today, many companies create such new jobs as cognitive psychologists, social anthropologists, cross-cultural specialists who adapt products of global brands to markets with different values and mentality, as well as ethnographers,

Humorous Tips from Men: 25 Rules for Women

  • If something we said can be interpreted two ways, and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one.

  • Foreign films are best left to foreigners. (Unless it's Bruce Lee or some war flick where it doesn't really matter what they're saying anyway.)... More


Harnessing the Power of Diversity

Yin and Yang

Applications  >>  Balanced Chinese Food

The Five Basic Elements of the Universe

Synergy  >>  Life-Business Synergy

Managing Cultural Differences  >>  Build Trust

Cross-cultural Communication


10 Guidelines for Multicultural Collaboration

Feng Shui

World Cultures, Philosophies, and Religions

Culture  >>  High-performing CULTURE

Eastern vs West: Beliefs and Mindset

Culture Dimension Scores for Selected Countries



Buddhism About Happiness    Spiritual Growth

Dalai Lama

Happiness as the Purpose of Life





Bhagavad-GIta    Rama – a Hindu Symbol of Excellence

Gain the Highest Through Knowledge

Sri Aurobindo


Islamic Wisdom Quotes


Lao Tzu    Taoist Parables

Integral Yoga


Zen Teachings by Bodhidharma    Zen Parables

Pearls of Wisdom: East vs. West

Confucius Quotes

Business Plan Composed of the Quotes from Tao Te Chin

Chinese Proverbs  >>  Chinese Proverbs About Money

Russian Proverbs

Happy vs Unhappy People: 10 Differences

Compassion Quotes

Socrates Teaching

The Art of War (by Sun Tzu)


Quick Meditation  >>  Kore 5 Affirmations    Taoist Meditation

Meditation for Corporate Development


History of the Enneargam

Enneagram Analysis: Styles of Selected World Cultures

Success 360 – Balancing Your Life and Business Wheels

The Wheel of Life

The Wheel of Life in the Buddhist Teaching

The Tao of Business Success

Tao-style Business Plan

Balanced Business: 5 Basic Elements

Company    Organization

Management by Consciousness

Management by Consciousness & the Eastern Philosophy

Inspiring Culture

Innovation-adept Culture

Business International

Competitive Advantage: US versus Japan

Cross-Cultural Differences: China and United States

Russians: Some Personal and Business Traits

Structuring a Strategic Alliance: 10 Questions To Answer


Conduct During Negotiations


Cross-Cultural Differences



Why Cultural Intelligence?

Cultural Intelligence (CQ) – a new domain of intelligence that has immense relevance to the increasingly global and diverse workplace... More

Corporate Culture

In six words, corporate CULTURE is "How we do things around here."

Winning Corporate Culture Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

Corporate culture is the collective behavior of people using common corporate vision, goals, shared values, beliefs, habits, working language, systems, and symbols. It is interwoven with processes, technologies, learning and significant events.

In addition, different individuals bring to the workplace their own uniqueness, knowledge, and ethnic culture.

So corporate culture encompasses moral, social, and behavioral norms of your organization based on the values, beliefs, attitudes, and priorities of its members... More

9 Signs of a Losing Organization

Discouraging Culture: no shared values; lack of trust; blame culture; focus on problems, not opportunities; diversity is not celebrated; failures are not tolerated; people lose confidence in their leaders and systems... More

6 Attributes of Successful CEOs

The Cultural Fit. A candidate for a top job might look great on paper, but must be culturally compatible in order to build relationships and add true value. Often, hiring managers or boards emphasize the need to challenge old thinking and move in new directions. But if an executive is too far out of step with an organization, the resulting culture clash can overwhelm the benefits.

Cultural Intelligence and Innovation

One advantage of cultural diversity is the potential for  innovation arising from the presence of multiple perspectives.  Yet, it is  clear that not all multicultural teams/organizations are able to harness this benefit. Cultural intelligence (CQ) may enhance the likelihood of innovation success in culturally diverse teams/organizations. CQ facilitates the reconciliation of differences and conflict, and enhances the probability of arriving at culturally synergistic solution that embraces the ideas or interests of various parties.

Yin and Yang Yin-Yang of Business Success

The Tao helps you achieve much more with much less effort. This effortless skill comes from being in accord with reality. You can't tell the singer from the song. You can't tell the dancer from the dance. When you are in harmony with the Tao, when you go with its current  of energy, your innate intelligence takes over, and the right action happens by itself.

The Tao of Business Success helps you achieve much more with much less effort. It gives you advice that imparts perspective and balance. It applies equally well to the managing of a large corporation or the running of a small business... More

Managing Cross-Cultural Differences

Culture is often at the root of communication challenges. Exploring historical experiences and the ways in which various cultural groups have related to each other is key to opening channels for cross-cultural communication.

Becoming more aware of Cultural Differences  Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book, as well as exploring cultural similarities, can help you communicate with others more effectively. Next time you find yourself in a confusing situation, ask yourself how culture may be shaping your own reactions, and try to see the world from the other's point of view... More

Same Reality, Different Perceptions

Discover Opportunities

"Why? What If?" Questions

Case Studies Izmocars

San Francisco-based Izmocars – a provider of Internet tools to the automotive industry –  suffered through multiple customer relationship management (CRM) failures before undertaking a successful effort, which was based on Siebel's OnDemand hosted sales force automation software. Izmocars blamed a variety of technical and cultural problems for its failed CRM efforts. The documentation and user input are the key to successful use of the new CRM system. Many smaller companies don't document their sales processes.

Manager's Worldly Mindset

According to J.Gosling and H.Mintzberg, the authors of The Five Minds of a Manager, people tend to think of the world as an increasingly homogenous place but it is really a collection of worlds within worlds, with definite boundaries and edges. Just because a company sells products globally it may not take into account how those products are perceived and used in different cultures. Managers with a worldly mindset spend time in places where products are made, customers served, and environment threatened.

10 Roles of an Inspirational Leader

  1. Build teams and promote and teamwork, leverage diversity. Teamwork is essential for competing in today's global arena. Build a star team, not a team of stars. Diversity of thought, perception, background and experience enhance the creativity and innovation. A team should not just be diverse; it has to make the most of it. Involve everyone, facilitate cross-pollination of ideas, build and empower cross-functional teams if you wish to harness the power of diversity. Challenge people from different disciplines and cultures to come up with something better together and achieve creative breakthroughs... More

Modern Management: 12 Breakthrough Ideas for the New Economy

Source: Harvard Economic Review Executive summary by Anastasia Bibikova.

The best ideas related to the practice of management. If you know somebody has used them, don’t try to repeat. Simply consider them, debate them and let them inspire your own thinking!

1. Creativity Index: It was proved that every nation has it’s own creativity index – i.e. there are natural limits for creativity for every nation.

Suggestion Systems

American-style vs. Japanese-style

The American-style suggestion system stresses the suggestion's economic benefits and provides economic incentives.

The Japanese-style suggestion system stresses the morale boosting benefits of positive employee participation... More

Creating a Culture for Innovation

Virtually all companies recognize intellectually that innovation and culture are both important to success. Yet few have explicitly defined strategies for linking and influencing culture and innovation to achieve specific business goals. Most companies have default innovation cultures in which various values, norms, assumptions and beliefs all compete for influence over employees’ actual behavior. The dominant ones that win out ultimately shape the culture.

The question for leaders today isn’t if culture is important for success but how culture can drive successful innovation – and what, specifically, leaders can do to influence the kind of culture that leads to behavior that’s truly innovative.



What is Culture

World Cultures

Corporate Culture

Cultural Differences


One World Quotes

World Unity in Cultural Diversity








People Skills

Business Success

Glossary of Inter-Cultural Terminology










  1. CG Associates

  2. "The Five Minds of a Manager," J.Gosling and H.Mintzberg

  3. Zen at Work, Les Kaye

  4. Lüscher Color Test

  5. The Art of Happiness, HH the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet and Howard C. Cutler