Month: May 2012

Communicating Effectively Through Cultural Barriers

People from different backgrounds send and receive messages through cultural filters.  Words, expressions and gestures that mean one thing in one culture may mean something entirely different in another culture. A term or a gesture that may seem perfectly harmless to you may be offensive to someone from another ethnic group.  It is recommended that…

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Being Blind to the Obvious or Being Blind to Our Blindness?

Being blind to the obvious is part of the human condition.  There is a rather interesting experiment on the subject. It's called the Invisible Gorilla. [] Subjects in the experiment are asked to watch a video in which groups of players are passing basketballs back and forth. Half of the players in the video are…

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