Dissecting the Cultural Code of Japan with Andy Molinsky

Back at it again with cultural codes! We are continuing our series with cross cultural expert Andy Molinsky.  Andy's series is highlighting the cultural codes of 10 countries. The country of choice today is Japan.

Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Shinkansen bullet trains connect the main islands of Kyushu (with Okinawa's subtropical beaches), Honshu (home to Tokyo and Hiroshima’s atomic-bomb memorial) and Hokkaido (famous for skiing). Tokyo, the capital, is known for skyscrapers, shopping and pop culture. Capital: Tokyo.

He uses the following six-dimensional framework to capture the differences across cultures.

  1. Directness: How straightforwardly do people typically communicate in this culture?
  2. Enthusiasm: How much positive emotion and energy do they typically show?
  3. Formality: How much deference and respect do people typically demonstrate?
  4. Assertiveness: How strongly do people typically express voice their opinions?
  5. Self-Promotion: How acceptable is it for people to speak about their accomplishments?
  6. Personal Disclosure: How much do people typically reveal about themselves?

Be sure to grab Andy's free E-book for mastering 10 cultural codes from around the world: http://www.andymolinsky.com/download-cheat-sheet-to-10-cultural-codes-from-around-the-world/

If you missed last week's episode on South Korea, check it out here.

Without further ado, check it out here or below:

The Importance of Finding Common Ground In Different Cultures

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Nathaniel Boyle of The Daily Travel Podcast and we talked about different ways to navigate different cultures by finding common ground and how it open's one's mind so I just wanted to share with you all! Hope you are keeping warm if you're experiencing this harsh winter that North America and Europe is experiencing and I hope you are enjoying the warm weather if you're in the warmer regions. Here is the interview. Hope you enjoy it!

How Nelson Mandela Taught Me To Use My Difference To Make A Difference As A Third Culture Kid

Society needs to do better and it starts with us. We can't afford to think our differences are a negative thing. No we must embrace them! I started www.uydmag.com and the "As Told By Nomads" podcast for this very reason. I wanted to create platforms that showed us what it was like to live in different cultures while promoting the idea of thinking outside the box. I believe that in order to develop the next set of global leaders, these are two concepts that need to be embraced. Diversity and multiculturalism is the new normal so it's time we stop denying it. Let's do better. Let's use our differences to make a difference. Hear more of my thoughts here or watch below. 

Working Across Continents with Alex G Lee

Alex is PMP certified Project Manager, currently based in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to this, Alex was stationed in Dubai for several years working on different projects, including projects for the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. When he’s not managing projects, he speaks about intercultural management. He spends a lot of his time on the road, and many weekends in Seattle, Portland and in between. Growing up in 8 countries, across 4 continents, he’s no stranger to travel. After all, he was already a mileage millionaire before turning 9 and spent some of his formative years with the princes. He’s been to Iran, North Korea and his motto is “no country too far, or border too closed”.

To capture his adventures, Alex enjoys photography and videography. His work has been featured alongside the NY Times and other outlets around the world. On the side, he sells prints of his work and takes the proceeds to purchase gifts for children on his next adventure. To get a hold of Alex, you can check out his website ageoffreylee.com

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