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A Cross-Cultural Guide on Best Practices in Business [Infographic]

You’re flying for business to Istanbul; your mother-in-law just texted you, “Isn’t that a Muslim country? Do you have to wear a head scarf?”

You’re going to a destination wedding in Malaysia and want to explore some religious sites afterwards: how can you figure out how to be respectful?

Your organization is welcoming a delegation of women entrepreneurs from Ghana: how can you prepare your team? What meals will you serve, and how can you make sure the daily agendas and meeting spaces are responsive and helpful?

Your temple’s LGBTQ+ choir has been invited to tour in Russia over the summer: is there anything you need to know to make this a positive trip for both your choir and those you meet?

A smaller world means increasing interactions with those different than us.

Global business and the immediacy of international social interactions mean that just having knowledge about our individual professional fields and specific geographic and cultural location are no longer enough.

So, how can we answer the questions above?

How can we move through the world with respect and purpose?

And how can we plan our actions and interactions for mutual flourishing, and to avoid offense and harm whenever possible?

The recipe for inter-cultural flourishing? It’s part content knowledge and part posture. For the latter, you’re already on the right track to adopt an open posture of learning.

For the former, here’s an infographic to provide you with the content knowledge on how to maneuver cultural taboos and best practices.

(Click the infographic to enlarge. You can also hover over the infographic to share it on social media!)

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Ph.D., is the Director of the Claremont Core at Claremont Lincoln University, and an award winning teacher and interfaith leader. She is the host of the religion & culture podcast In Times Like These and author of Interfaith Grit: How Uncertainty Will Save Us. Varnon-Hughes was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, a peer reviewed journal, and its sister publication, State of Formation, an online forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders. She holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Lincoln University, an M.A. and S.T.M. from Union Theological Seminary and her undergraduate degrees are in English and Education, from Webster University.

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Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Ph.D., is the Director of the Claremont Core at Claremont Lincoln University, and an award winning teacher and interfaith leader. She is the host of the religion & culture podcast In Times Like These and author of Interfaith Grit: How Uncertainty Will Save Us. Varnon-Hughes was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, a peer reviewed journal, and its sister publication, State of Formation, an online forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders. She holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Lincoln University, an M.A. and S.T.M. from Union Theological Seminary and her undergraduate degrees are in English and Education, from Webster University.

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