Reflection On Cross Cultural Communication

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Throughout the duration of this course thus far, I have been introduced to many different ideas and concepts that have impacted my knowledge of cross-cultural management issues. I have been blessed to come in contact with truly wonderful people that have made an impact on me. I believe it is important for member of a community to work together in creating a safe environment where everyone can work in peace and profit off each other. There are differing opinions in the best way to achieve this, but I am most certain without communication none of this is possible. Also, being receptive of other cultures and acknowledging that each individual perceives the world differently can be a start for change. Effective communication is undoubtedly one…show more content…
Generally speaking, it is a two-way process in which the communicators try to achieve a shared meaning. While communicating we are supposed to treat people as unique individuals. It is also the process that occurs between individuals, through behavior (verbal or nonverbal) that is perceived by another (Shaukat, 2018). There have been many times in my life when I felt like a superior in a village. I have been a social extrovert, I have been powerful at the mercy of others. These past four years studying in Canada made me feel unlike other students and in more powerless position because of my background and culture. I moved to Canada in 2014 to further my education and ever since then verbal communication has not been completely shocking because, surprising to many, the lingua-franca in Nigeria is English. With English being my first language, I initially was not faced with the problem of language barrier. The difficult part was understanding and using the appropriate colloquialism and metaphoric phrases as well as using the right tone when speaking. Such phrases as “chill out” and “you’re the bomb” are perceived as completely disrespectful and offensive where I am from but I quickly learned that words can be misconstrued when taken for their literal meaning. The most challenging difference of communication thus far has been the nonverbal aspect. To best capture this, in Nigeria when a superior is addressing an inferior…show more content…
This logic can lead to cultural bias and discrimination which is something I have been a victim of coming from a different setting and trying to adjust to the norms of the Canadian community. Conflict amongst people begins due to their different interpretation to the events around them. When a person is trying to push an agenda that seems fitting to only him without consulting the feelings of the next person, there are consequences to such actions. I have been in groups where people have tried to force their personal beliefs on others which resulted in conflicts and ultimately led to the team dissolving. It is natural human characteristics to stick to what we are familiar and believe in. As the saying goes, “if it not broken, don’t fix it”. This is generally what is wrong with the world today, fixing things that are not broken and not fixing things that are broken. Rarely would you find people question their own interpretation of the world, especially if they do not acknowledge that their own way of interpreting the world is the root cause of problems. Hofstede’s cultural dimension helps to best capture this ideology. The five cultural dimensions are very useful in discussing how some people from a cultural setting tend to behave. For example, power distance is the dimension that refers to the extent that power differences are accepted

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