The basic skill for surviving in a multicultural world, .. is understanding first one's own cultural values (and that is why one needs a cultural identity of one's own), and next the cultural values of the others with whom one has to cooperate.
-- from Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind - Intercultural Cooperation and its Importance for Survival by Geert Hofstede (Pg.238)
I was reading this chapter today as part of my coursework "Organization Design for Project and Companies
," and my thoughts went back to a question that a friend asked on the relevance of one's own cultural values in modern times. I am disturbed by the current fashion of throwing out all ideas of the past in the hope that the future will somehow be better. Diana Larsen
, the Goddess of Retrospectives, once told me that most organizations fall into the trap of throwing out all the good things they have along with the bad in the name of reform. The process of Retrospectives aims at identifying the good that needs to be preserved.