Chinese New Year: Year of the Rabbit

While many of us have already given up on our New Year’s Resolutions, the Chinese New Year has just begun.  The Chinese New Year always coincides with the Lunar New Year and therefore it begins today with the new moon and it ends 15 days later with the full moon.  Chinese New Year is a joyous celebration rich in traditions, folklore and rituals.

It is exciting that 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit as I was also born in a Rabbit year (which is said to be the luckiest of all signs!)  Rabbits . . .
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Can You Name All of the Countries in the World?

A while back my brother introduced me to Sporcle.  Now for those of you who have never heard of Sporcle, boy are you in for a treat!  Sporcle.com is a free, online collection of thousands of quizzes.  While you can spend (and often waste) your time showing off your skills in naming all of the NFL teams or brushing up on your Disney movies, you can also use the website for educational study purposes.  Recently I have developed a slight obsession with the Geography section.  I am determined, and in fact it is one . . .
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I’ve Got My Red Underwear On …But The Grapes Were Too Expensive!

10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…HAPPY NEW YEAR!

For millions of people around the world, today is New Year’s Eve and tonight there will be a gigantic celebration.

The Countdown. Noisemakers. Champagne. Fireworks. The Ball Drop in Times Square. Kissing someone at midnight. Singing Auld Lang Syne. Family Gatherings. Eating lentils.

These are just some of the countless New Year’s traditions around the world.

But did you know that in some countries, like Spain, Mexico and Italy, it is considered good luck to wear red underwear tonight?

Here are some more traditions that you may not be as familiar . . .
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‘Treat others the way you want to be treated.’ …But wait, I don’t want to be treated like that!?!

Recently I had dinner with a co-worker of my uncle’s.  He thought it would be beneficial for us to meet (ahem* Never Eat Alone).  She could give me advice on a consulting career and we both had a mutual interest in cultural intelligence.  Two and a half hours later, it is safe to say that the meeting was very helpful, engaging and thought provoking.  Our conversation focused on cultural interactions and how cultural misunderstandings can severely interfere with business relations.

There was one particular comment she made that has continued to stand out in . . .
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Level 1 CQ Certification – Part II: The Multi-Rater Assessment

The Multi-Rater Assessment is the only academically validated CQ 360° assessment and as such is the most effective way to measure an individual’s cultural intelligence quotient.

Let me start off by saying that I have used the 20-Item Four Factor Cultural Intelligence Scale as a self assessment before, but this was my first time using the Multi-Rater Assessment.  I have to say, the Multi-Rater Assessment is a vast improvement from the 20-item scale because it gives a more accurate description of your CQ.  Another benefit is that it provides a detailed 21 page feedback . . .
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Level 1 CQ Certification – Part I: Overview

I am back from Washington DC where I completed the Level 1 CQ Train-the-Trainer Certification.  The certification was skilfully facilitated by David Livermore, PhD, who works at The Cultural Intelligence Center, LLC at Michigan State University.  As promised, here is how it went…

The certification was an intimate gathering that allowed for ample discussion and group interaction.  There were eighteen of us, from all different walks of life.  It was fascinating to see how many people know that CQ is important and beneficial to their respective profession.  There were many fields represented: academia, education, . . .
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Awareness

Awareness is crucial to cultural intelligence.

When my boyfriend was brainstorming names for my website, ‘CQaware’ was one of many ideas.  I thought the name had a nice ring to it and for the next several days it kept showing up in my mind.  Then one day it clicked – I finally realized how perfectly the name fit.  I had to have it.

You see everything about cultural intelligence is tied back to awareness.  In fact the first step in improving your CQ is awareness of your current measure of cultural intelligence.   You must . . .
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Benefits of Cultural Intelligence

As I mentioned in my previous post, improving your CQ is extremely beneficial for a wide range of people.  Except, what are these benefits you ask?

Since cultural intelligence is an individual capability that determines one’s effectiveness in cross-cultural situations, the most obvious benefit of enhancing your CQ would be that you will now be more effective in situations characterized by cultural diversity.  This in itself is a benefit, but if you look deeper you’ll realize just how advantageous this truly is.

As a result of increasing your cultural intelligence you will . . .
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Is CQ for me?

In today’s day and age, globalization is all around us.  With multinational firms, global clients and offshore outsourcing, the possibilities for global interactions are endless.  It is no longer uncommon for a single project to be collaborated on in several different time zones simultaneously.  Let’s face it – the world now seems like a smaller place.  In order for organizations and leaders to be effective in managing their diverse workforce and global operations they must be able to maneuver seamlessly through cultures.  Today it is more important than ever to be aware of cultural . . .
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An Introduction…

My motivation for this website is to gain awareness of Cultural Intelligence (CQ).  I truly believe that the field of cultural understanding is the key to developing and maintaining strong effective global relationships.  During the past decade, the focus on CQ has been primarily research based and has only recently started to become more known in a business setting.  I want to stress the importance of Cultural Intelligence in not only the business world, but also in one’s personal life.  Most of all, I want to demonstrate the benefits of a highly adept Cultural . . .
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