Category Archives: Culture

Inclusive Cultures

Culture inclusive

Our Inclusive Leadership Sessions (ILS) lead our participants to dive into myriad topics and candid conversations. One is cultural values, which we analyze before the sessions using cultural intelligence assessments. The assessments provide information on the participant’s position within the spectrum of a pair of “opposing” cultural values such as individualism-collectivism, low-high power distance, and…

Direct vs Indirect Communications

communication indirecte

One of the challenges that typically tops the list when managing diversity is communication barriers. Differences in languages are, of course, a key element and usually the first one we address. We translate texts for our presentations or marketing materials, get a language coach to communicate when we do not speak our client’s language, or…

Design and Cultural Adaptation – 3 steps

design restaurant

Designing a commercial space requires a deep understanding of the target clientele – even more so across borders. So, in designing a space for a Montreal clientele, Saguez & Partners, a global design agency based in France, turned to ACCULTURA to learn more about Canadian, Quebec and Montreal cultural values. Like any form of artistic…

Cancer and Bias in the Workplace

CWarrior Vignette HR Culture

Too often, we think of cancer as a death sentence. However, this disease has multiple forms, and survival rates are increasing. In Canada, 1 person out of 2 will be affected by cancer during their lifetime, representing a significant portion of the workforce, whether employees or entrepreneurs who create jobs. While cancer does not discriminate…

Multicultural Virtual Team Meetings: 3 Key Considerations

virtual multicultural

Virtual team meetings now represent a significant part of the work for anyone involved in a non-location-dependent job. While technology has allowed many organizations to remain productive during the pandemic, virtual meetings have brought their share of cons and pros. Chief among the latter is the ability to gather colleagues and clients from all over…

Teaching with cultural intelligence

Diversité et éducation

This winter, I taught a course on Communications and Cultural Intelligence to a group of master’s students at Montreal’s HEC. None of them was of Canadian origin. One was from China, 2 from the United States, 1 from Italy, and another was newly established in France. I provided the course in hybrid mode, with 3 students…

The battle against racism, sexism and other ill-fated isms

Diversité, équité et inclusion

Canada, Spring of 2021 – Spring has been heartbreaking in my homeland. In May, 215 tiny bodies were discovered on the grounds of a former Residential School in British Columbia. In June, Ontario had to bury a Muslim family of 4 killed as a result of hate. And as I publish this article, Quebec has…

What is Diversity?

Diversity

Diversity is definitely the word of the millennium! But what does diversity actually mean? What does it include? Why are we talking about Diversity and inclusion? This may seem like questioning the obvious, but because we talk a lot about Diversity in our business, I see that people have different perceptions of diversity. So, allow…

Communicating effectively in a multicultural context

cultural and communications training

Language is the chief point of contact between cultures. When we want to communicate with a person or an audience from a different culture, we first consider the language. After all, we want to be understood. When an organization addresses a specific audience through ad campaigns, social media or personalized emails, its communication specialists will…

Diversity training is a marathon

diversity training marathon

While diversity is a top priority for business leaders, effective and sustainable training solutions to eradicate racism, sexism, ageism, and other forms of discrimination within the organization are rare. Building a discrimination-free organization requires a diversified cultural training program that builds a foundation for a sustainable discrimination-free environment. Like training for a marathon, this process…

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