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The hidden influence of culture: motivation

Posted July 2020

In this series I explore work-related topics where culture shows its hidden influence. This week’s topic: motivation.

Various researchers have tried to find universal categories of motivation. Yet what is motivating to one may actually be demotivating to another. I am convinced that the search for universal categories of motivators has been overlooking the influence of shared attitudes.
Read more to find out how motivation influences behavior at work and how we can be more effective at influencing job performance.

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The hidden influence of culture: personality

Posted July 2020

In this series I explore work-related topics where culture shows its hidden influence. This week’s topic: personality.

The tendency to attribute behavior to stable, universal traits is inherently biased. It assumes a stable individual disposition to act in certain ways, independent of social or physical context. If people think so differently about personality and the role it plays in our social life, we should take this into account when we make assumptions about sources of behaviors of others. This has implications for organizational systems such as recruitment and reward systems.
Read more to find out how personality influences behavior at work.

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The hidden influence of culture: attitudes

Posted July 2020

In this series I explore work-related topics where culture shows its hidden influence. This week’s topic: attitudes.

Our attitudes guide our behavior and our intentions. Our own behavior is often guided by our expectations of other people’s likely response to ours. Our ability to predict other people’s attitudes strongly influences our interpersonal effectiveness.
Generally speaking, people do quite well at predicting other people’s attitudes, as long as they belong to the same in-group. However, when trying to predict attitudes of out-groups, prejudice and stereotypes prove to be pour counsellors.
Read more to find out how attitudes influence behavior at work.

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The hidden influence of culture

Posted June 2020

It takes some time and training to recognize the manifestation of culture in your organization, yet all our behavior is essentially cultural. This series will help you see the invisible. In this series I will explore work-related topics where culture shows its hidden influence.

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