Culturosity® Learning Center:  Personal and Business Development

Build your Skills. Two essential skills in intercultural awareness is a strong sense of yourself and your own culture, and a good understanding of how diversity impacts your workplace culture. Here's our list of sites that offer free resources and build awareness and skills in dealing with other cultures.

Personal Development

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YForum (www.yforum.com) The motto of this Web site is “Dare to Ask. Dare to Answer.” It is a discussion board where you can ask people from different backgrounds questions you have been too uncomfortable to ask directly. It can serve as a good source for feedback on the origin of miscommunication before a diversity issue takes root or if you are unable to determine why something went wrong at work.

Global Skills Development

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Intercultural Communication Institute (www.intercultural.org) The premier professional development organization for individuals building international careers. Check out their Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication and their Masters in Intercultural Relations.    

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Executive Planet (www.executiveplanet.com) Get business-related tips to doing business across cultures.

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Kwintessential (www.kwintessential.com) The UK-based company, Kwintessential, offers language services, translation and interpretation, and cultural orientation programs.

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The Alliance for Conflict Transformation (www.conflicttransformation.org) An innovative non-profit organization that is dedicated to expanding the knowledge and practice of conflict transformation within the U.S. and international communities. ACT runs the ACT Forums--one of the premier sites for jobs in conflict resolution and related fields.

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Leader-values (www.leader-values.com) A great way to brush up on leadership skills relevant to managerial positions, including diversity issues.

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DiversityCentral (www.diversitycentral.com) Information and helpful articles about managing cultural diversity in the workplace.

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The Protocol School of Palm Beach (www.etiquetteexpert.com) Jacqueline Whitmore, of the Protocol School of Palm Beach, offers international protocol and etiquette seminars for business leaders.

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PlainTrain (www.web.net/~plain/PlainTrain) The Plain Language Online Training Program available in both English and French. Helpful tips and techniques for improving your communication skills with the use of plain language.

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Intercultural and Cross Cultural Communication (http://www.intercultural-crosscultural-communication.com) International directory of intercultural communication, cultural awareness training and other cross cultural solutions. 

Putting Diversity to Work is a great resource for people who want to develop diversity skills and create a workplace where diversity is valued and leveraged. The workbook, which was written by three diversity specialists, provides highly effective exercises and assessments at a great price, making it an affordable and effective way to quickly build your understanding of diversity.

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