As part of IBM’s Corporate Service Corps we do three months of prep before we go on our assignment to Arica, Chile in March.
I have just started to meet my team #CSCChile8, and they are an amazing diverse group of people. We are IBMers from all over the planet (yes booking calls is a challenge), and have a wide variety of roles and work experiences. There is also a very interesting collection of hobbies with many people having a strong interest in volunteer work and community.
This week’s prep we focused on cultural profiles: understanding our own cultural profile as well as a typical Canadian and Chilean profile. The questionnaire covered topics such as Individual-first or group-first and how likely a meeting will start on time. It turns out I am not like most Canadians, who knew :). Some good news is that my profile was quite similar to the Chilean profile. It is a useful tool to understand cultural differences, but as we are all individuals it will obvious change in each relationship.