DB8, Part 1 - Barnes

DB8, Part 1 - Barnes - 1 Group One, Forum Eight Douglas...

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1 Group One, Forum Eight Douglas Barnes Liberty University Cultural Awareness It is important for organizations to attain cultural awareness when working with people of other cultures (Kwintessential, n.d.). Genesis 11:8 illustrates how God filled the earth with many languages and cultures: “The Lord scattered them from there over all the earth” (New International Version). Today, the unprepared global manager may incur culture shock when interacting with other cultures. However, being aware and sensitive to the cultures of others can overcome such challenges (Satterlee, 2009). Satterlee (2009) notes that managers should obtain training for the etiquettes and cultural norms that they will encounter. Such training may prevent a manager from behaving opposite of the intention. For example, Polish people expect foreigners to shake hands quickly and with everyone in the room, except a woman’s hands unless she initiates it. Also, Poles enjoy social affairs and usually consume many hours for socializing--thus it would be rude to leave early. Finally, Poles dislike someone talking to them while also chewing gum, as that distracts from the
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