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What is Organizational Culture? The culture of the organization could probably be described as the environment that surrounds the people at work all of the time. Not only that, but it is also considered to be a powerful element that paves the way to shape the work environment, the work...
Organizations today must be a unified culture of high performance if they wish to thrive and leave a legacy to the next generation. Achieving a high-performance culture can be done provided these top 10 barriers have been removed. The barrier of Beliefs: Beliefs drive the attitudes that are...
INTRODUCTION Any keen observer in Yaounde, a social scientist, a journalist, or any researcher would notice that Cameroon`s capital city revolves around the concept of "month-end". Around the 23rd to the 27th of every month, long queues can be seen in front of banks and other financial institutions of people...
When many people start out looking for good KPIs and performance measures, they don't realise that their opening question is a big part of the problem they have finding those good measures. They'll ask, 'how do you measure innovation?' Or 'how do you measure culture?' They're asking how to...
Civilization and culture are two constellations that lie in the same continuum. Each influences and is in turn influenced by the other. Civilization is an advanced state of intellectual, cultural, and material development in human society, marked by progress in the arts and sciences, the extensive use of record-keeping,...
So, I experienced my first identity crisis on a playground. I remember my classmates coming up to me and saying, "Sameer", what religion are you? Are you Christian or are you Jewish?" And I remember being very confused by that question. I'd just moved back from Bangladesh, I was...
Work, leadership, institutions and culture are interrelated and integral to positive psychology. All people tend to identify themselves with work. People even introduce other people, such as: "She is Mary, a psychologist." If people do not work and do not make money, their self-esteem decreases. Work adds or does...
Divorce seems to be the flavour of the season. Barely five months into her marriage to the Nepali businessman Samrat Dahal, Manisha Koirala the talented but quirky actress, was back in news for all the wrong reasons. It was speculated that the Dil Se lady was headed for splitville. And...
Translation is not just the activity of translating word by word from the source language to another language. This cannot guarantee quality translation as one language cannot express the actual meaning of the other if the transalation concentrated on words only. In fact there are differences between the meanings built...
Singapore History: It would not be an exaggeration to say that millions of global tourists, flocking to Singapore in search of fashion, shopping, glitz and glamour hardly know the proper history of this island city-state located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It is a wonder, that being...
If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there! What the rabbit said to Alice is also true when reversed. If you don't know where you are now, you'll never get where you want to be. This is what happens to some managers and organizations. They're...
Sex in today's society is no longer a sacred topic that was once an intimate conversation between husband and wife, or a private discussion amongst lady friends, midwives, doulas, and elder matriarchs. In fact the media promotes risque sexual encounters with numerous partners parallel to buying candy at a...
Alusine M. Kanu DA Research has come to no clear conclusion about whether men and women actually behave in different ways while conducting conflicts. However, gender stereotypes do affect conflict behaviors when individuals act and react based on stereotypes of how men and women will/should act rather than selecting behaviors...
The collective termed humanity has one overriding trait that doesn't seem to have much in the way of additional evolutionary survival value - imagination in the form of storytelling. Language, yes; large highly developed brains, yes; intelligence, yes; pattern recognition, yes; memory, yes; curiosity, yes; ability to figure things...
Mahatma Gandhi said "you must be the change you wish to see in the world." Nowhere is this clearer than in non-profit organizations. For a non-profit, in order to bring vision into reality, its staff, volunteers and donors, must take action first and lead by example, demonstrating their own...
Japanese history includes alternating periods of isolation and revolutionary influences from the rest of the world. As early as the Jomon period from about 14000BC to 300 BC, Japan had a hunter-gatherer lifestyle; wooden stilt houses, pit dwelling, and agriculture. Weaving was still unknown and the ancient Japanese clothing...
Great Buddhist tradition and heritage speaks volume when you climb up the ancient stairs of the most exhilarating temple in the world. The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees - located in Guangzhou, China is magically an ancient sanctuary initially built in 537 in the Liang Dynasty in Guangzhou, north...
The internet and technological innovation in faster modes of travel has certainly made the world a global village. Now it is possible to communicate beyond boundaries at a click of a button. Video conferencing, short message services and emails have created an environment where information transfer is almost at...
People have been decorating and making changes to the appearance of their bodies since recorded history began. This has taken many forms through the ages, such as tattooing, piercing, stretching, scarring, branding, muscle sculpture, hair styling and many more, and for almost as many different reasons. The three major purposes...
In the world of anthropology there is a primary focus on the many astounding anthropologists like Max Weber, Lewis Henry Morgan, Margaret Mead, and one whom many deem the father of anthropology, Franz Boas. Acting as a guide, their contributions have laid the foundation to numerous of ideologies, theories,...
Buddhist psychology identifies anger as one of the six root kleshas, detrimental emotional states that can cloud the mind, lead us to “unwholesome” actions, and cause our suffering. Chapter XVII of the Dhammapada (ref. Max Muller’s Wisdom of the Buddha) compiles the teachings of the Buddha and his monastic...
A Culture of Workplace Wellbeing Is Important Employee wellbeing, engagement and a culture of wellbeing links to important company strengths such as productivity, health and employee retention, a study by Gallup revealed. Experience shows these factors complement affect one another in ways that CEOs, team leaders and managers can influence. Yet,...
Changes that occur when people from different cultures come into contact with each other including immigrants, refugees, Sojouners- temporary participants in new society (e.g., foreign students or foreign employees), native (indigenous, always been there) populations. These people face challenges, stress, opportunities that can change their lives (e.g., identities) and...
When we talk about eastern clothing culture, what reminds of us is traditional Chinese clothing. However, to western clothing, it seems that we know fewer things. What we will think of is either western-style suit or luxurious noble clothes. Actually, the difference of western and eastern clothing culture is...
Very few countries that share borders also share as much in common culturally as do Canada and the United States of America. The most obvious cultural common ground between the two countries is our use of the English language, although many parts of Canada also rely on French as...
It may be that in musical retrospect, from a luxury of twenty-twenty critical hindsight, that Astor Piazzolla will be seen as having done in the twenty century for the tango what Frederick Chopin did in the nineteenth for the waltz. It is possibly already an accepted position. With the...
While Kenya culture has evolved to encompass Western, Asian and Arab influences, it still retains a distinctly African identity. Examples of the dominant forms of language, dress, food, music and dance illustrate this point well. Languages in Kenya Although well over 40 dialects are spoken in Kenya, the languages that enjoy...
Filipino music and art have both been influenced by the cultures that have migrated to this nation. The first type of music that developed in the Philippines was indigenous music brought here by native tribes that migrated from Taiwan. There are three basic groups of indigenous music styles: southern...
Introduction In today's global business environment with your business it is important to have some understanding of the people and the culture that you have intentions of doing business. The better prepared you are, the more successful your business negotiations are likely to be, "to be forewarned, is to be forearmed",...
From ancient times of history, the Indian subcontinent appears as an attractive habitat for human livelihood. The culture of India has been formed by its old and long history, unique geography, various demographics and different customs, tradition and philosophy also. In spite of the innumerable regional, social and linguistic...
A sojourn in Udaipur, with its kaleidoscope of romance, art and architecture, gives a glimpse into the fabled bygone era of Indian royalty. It is, for many, the most magical of all the famous Rajasthani towns - so beautiful it feels like a fairytale - so do not miss...
As an interesting glimpse into the differences and similarities that exist among different cultures, the practices surrounding Tibetan wedding gifts can serve to demonstrate some of the universals that underlie surface differences among wedding traditions. Within our own culture, we tend to have a sort of unquestioning acceptance of the...
As we see the changing of the guard of the Worlds greatest civilizations from the United States to China or India we see history repeating itself as it has so many times in the human endeavors written history. It was not much more than 200 years ago when Great...
Halloween costumes are fun to create. Many items to use with your Halloween costume can be found in your own home or at your area thrift store. Creating costumes can be inexpensive and lots of fun to make and to wear. You'll find some of these will even work...
One of the fastest growing economies around the world and a country rich in its cultural heritage, has for years been the defining criteria for China. Undoubtedly, the country values its culture and economy a great deal, but there is another strength that the country possesses. Tourism in China China is...
A corporate culture of a company must be strong. According to a researcher, a culture in a corporate world can account for more than 30% in performance of the professionals when compared to the competitors who really do not have any culture. Each and every culture is considered unique...
Your culture and ethnicity are both big parts of how you grow up and shape your personality to a certain degree because of the traditions, behaviors, cooking traditions, and ideas that are associated with your individual culture. Because your culture is such an engrained part of yourself it can...
All of us are well aware of the fact, that different parts of the world possess different kinds of cultures and each one is different from the other. Gold is a metal that has great significance in several cultures of the world. The Chinese are one of the oldest...
Philosophical Understanding of Cultures and Festivals of North East India, Edited by Dr. Dominic Meyieho and Dr. Joseph Puthenpurackal, Shillong: Don Bosco Publications, DBCIC, 2015, ISBN 81-85408-00-57, pp. 136, Rs. 300. Today's fast changing and globalizing world with its many and multiple challenges demands from us that we go deeper...
The Pacific Coastal city of Long Beach, California has long since been known as an international city. The city is home to one of the largest shipping ports in the world bringing with it a large influx of people from around the world. Many cultural groups exist within the...
A "culture of discipline" is a phrase used by Jim Collins (Good to Great) in his study of great companies. All of the great companies, those that far outperform others, have a culture of discipline. This does not mean that they spend their time disciplining people. When you have...
Songkran in Thailand is traditionally about washing away your sins and bad luck from the previous year and getting ready to renew yourself for the year ahead. Many Thai's will go back to their family homes and eat, drink and play games with their elders. There are a number...
China Business Travel
China Business Travel We know a lot about the booming economy of China and the tremendous opportunities and potential. it has brought to China business and opened up new vistas for import/export and global sourcing deals with some of the most developed nations of the world keeping a close watch...
The northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent is what we today call Rajasthan. Embraced by the majestic Aravallis ranges, Rajasthan is the land of the famed Rajput rulers, whose legends of chivalry, romance and fidelity have been woven into folklores and ballads, echoing through the barren yet beautiful state. Rajasthan...
For centuries, civilisations have reserved gold as objects of luxury believed to be worthy of only gods and rulers. It is one of the posh metals, and holds immense religious magnitude especially in Indian culture. Gold is taken as a sign of supremacy, beauty, and cream of the crop....
Culture generally refers to patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activity significance. Indian culture has a remarkable history in the world right from B.C. Aryans who had migrated from Mesopotamia, and other countries, settled in India and wrote Vedas. Hence India is also called Vedic...
Wushu is the official martial art taught in the People's Republic of China. Wu Shu ("War Arts") is practiced by millions in China, and is included as part of the training for all police and military personnel. Though it is a form of Kung Fu which has been taught...
Chinese culture for the most part, has managed to remain separate from the western world, and also much of the 'blending' that has taken place in other cultures and countries due to the west's influence. The current era is only the second time in China's history that it has...
The history of Oceania refers to the general history of New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Australia and Fiji among other Pacific island countries. Among the Oceania cultures, I would prefer to stay in the Tonga culture. The kingdom of Tonga is situated at the west of the International Date...
The tradition and culture in the country is uniquely Bhutanese, which attains the status of a distinctive culture in the world. Rich tradition and culture has been a biggest strength for Bhutan and it has served as a weapon for protecting the nation's sovereignty. The everyday life of the...