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09/04/2011

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all individuals have differences, so I never surprise if one of my friends have other belief.

Brian

This article might over simplify these differences and so reinforce reliance on stereotypes that discussion on cultural differences should ideally seek to minimize. Many studies and my own personal experience show, that to be successful in any culture you need to be seen as a strong leader, one who can think and act for oneself; to be a strong individual. Paradoxically, however, you also need to be a good team player, one that consults and discusses with the collectivity. We all love our heroes, but we also appreciate the good neighbor. Individualism and collectivism exist in similar degrees in all cultures. How these traits are communicated, though, may vary a great deal and understanding in what contexts you are expected to lead and where you are expected to contribute to consensus is perhaps more useful than these isms.

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