Featured Instigator – Marcella Bremer

Lead Change Blog

Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly about shame and vulnerability and Geert Hofstede’s Cultures and Organizations which presents his fascinating research about national and organizational cultures. This month we are featuring Marcella Bremer , publisher of Leadership and Change Magazine.

The Key Leadership Skill?

Great Leadership By Dan

In the 1970’s the Dutch psychologist Geert Hofstede developed a way of looking at cultural differences. Guest post by James Lawther : On the 25 th January 1990, Avianca flight 52 from Bogotá to New York crash-landed on the village of Cove Neck, Long Island, New York.

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If Greece Embraces Uncertainty, Innovation Will Follow

Harvard Business Review

The uncertainty-avoidance measure was originally created by Geert Hofstede through a cultural survey of more than 100,000 IBM employees around the world and subsequently confirmed in additional global surveys.

In Asia, Power Gets in the Way

Harvard Business Review

Professor Geert Hofstede calls the phenomenon " power distance." It has the highest power distance of any country in the world: a staggering 104 on the Hofstede comparative power distance index. "Siew Tian, why don't you speak up? I know you have something to say, and you're not saying it," I gently nudge a junior executive in Indonesia. We have worked together on various projects for several months, so I know what she is capable of.

Where Both Parents Can "Have It All"

Harvard Business Review

Cross-cultural analysts like Geert Hofstede have said that the biggest difference between the Nordics and other countries are their highly 'feminine' vs 'masculine' values. The Nordic executive team (mostly men) I worked with this week were fascinated by the Hofstede research.

Your Coworkers See Your Office Differently

Harvard Business Review

Geert Hofstede, in Cultures and Organizations , discusses five dimensions of national culture. Hofstede also points out that cultures vary in their acceptances of differences in power. When people from several different countries share the same workplace, misunderstandings can generate friction.

How Laws and Culture Hold Back Socially Minded Companies

Harvard Business Review

To measure the short-term orientation of a country, we gathered information on the cultural dimensions of the sample countries using information from Geert Hofstede’s dimensions of national culture. Paul Garbett for HBR. Lots of business leaders want their organizations to have a positive social impact. They’d like to pursue a purpose and do good, not just deliver financial results. So why don’t they?

3 Ways to Identify Cultural Differences on a Global Team

Harvard Business Review

For example, the Dutch social psychologist, Geert Hofstede outlined a number of dimensions that highlight ways that cultures differ. Rolfo Brenner/EyeEm/Getty Images. In almost any business these days, you are guaranteed to interact with people whose cultural background is quite different from your own. In a global organization, you may have colleagues that come from a different country. You may partner with organizations whose employees come from another part of the country.

By Being Authentic, You May Just Be Conforming

Harvard Business Review

Geert Hofstede, the author of the pioneering book Culture’s Consequences , makes that point when he talks about how his Dutch modesty failed to win him the job he wanted with an American firm.) Photo by Andrew Nguyen.