Developing cultural competency as life-long journey [The Culture Guy Podcast]

Dianne Hofner SaphiereIn this episode Christian talks to Dianne Hofner Saphiere, creator and principal of Cultural Detective (CD). Cultural Detective® is a dynamic tool system that develops invaluable competence in individuals and organizations. The project is a collaboration among dozens of acclaimed intercultural experts worldwide. The CD system enables organizations and leaders to meet the high-performance demands of an increasingly global and interconnected economy.

Born and raised in the United States, Dianne currently lives in Mazatlán, Mexico. Here she shares with us her experience of living and working in other cultures – mainly Japan and Mexico. For Dianne developing cultural competence is a process which accompanies us throughout life. She started on this journey at the age of eleven.
Listen to her story to learn about some significant differences in leadership styles between the U.S. and Japan, to find out why fellow students called her “lav rat,” and why returning home from time abroad is sometimes harder than going away.

To reach out to Dianne you can send her an email, look for her on Twitter, where she posts via @CulturalDetect, or connect with her on LinkedIn. On the Cultural Detective website you can sign up for the newsletter and get registered for certification programs. You can also find CD on Facebook and on YouTube.
Dianne is a faculty member of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication.

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