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9 Ways to Raise Your CQ

9 Ways to Raise Your CQ

There's IQ and EQ, but what is CQ?

CQ (Cultural Intelligence) is the capacity to work and interact effectively with groups of people from any culture. It is the ability to make sense of unfamiliar contexts and then blend in.

We live, work, and play in an increasingly culturally diverse global setting. Developing cultural intelligence will give you the confidence to manage and appreciate this changing world and may open unexpected doors for friendship and adventure.

How would you rate your CQ?

Here are 9 ways to raise your Cultural Intelligence:

  1. Examine your own attitudes toward culture in general.
  2. Analyze the way your worldview has developed through personal experiences and background.
  3. Be aware of and question your assumptions and stereotypes.
  4. Note your biases when interacting with others from a different cultural context. Practice breaking away from those biases.
  5. View the world with curiosity, an open mind, and a desire to understand and relate to anyone who is different from you. These differences may be related to background, age, ethnicity, religion, beliefs, and values.
  6. Explore cultural differences by reading newspapers and books, watching movies, traveling to another country, or being friends with people from a different culture.
  7. Look for opportunities to get to know members of another culture who live and work close to you. Begin to learn a foreign language, or volunteer with a group that involves people of different cultures.
  8. Pay careful attention to the way others interact with each other, study their body language, ask careful questions, and practice empathy and adaptability. Attempt to understand how their culture influences what they say and do.
  9. Practice interacting with others, even while knowing that cultural misunderstandings will happen. Relax, listen, reflect, and even be prepared to apologize.

As you raise your CQ you may find that your capacity to enjoy those who are different from you has grown and that you share far more than you expected.

Then, put all that CQ into practice by checking out IDEAS opportunities to work in an overseas setting to bring hope to others.


About the Author: Barb is the IDEAS Director of Community Life and has lived in Cote d'lvoire and France. Enjoy other blogs by Barb, such as 7 Things to Leave Behind When Moving Overseas.