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November 30, 2021 11:27AM
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Each term, the Management Leadership Development Program (MLDP) provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their leadership experience and build the skills to be more effective leaders. At each session, participants are asked to nominate their peers for excellence. When nominating, students are asked to explain why their nominees made their experience in MLDP more beneficial and how their nominees provided an excellent example of leadership during the program. At the end of the...

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November 29, 2021 9:21AM

The most important tools for building a platform for dialogue across difference are seeking out information, cultivating an attitude of graciousness and humility, and acting to create an environment that helps people to feel heard and appreciated. Considerate focus on the other person, discerning the nature and needs of the circumstance, and responding attentively are essential elements of interacting adaptively to support difference.

First, it...

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November 23, 2021 9:38AM

Session 5 of RGLP, held on October 18th, 2021, was titled, "Evaluating Your Intercultural Conflict Style" with Sadhana Hall. Sadhana shared a short summary of her illustrious, cross-cultural career, starting in hard sciences in college in India to over time transitioning into health and global public policy where she has made a global impact and been recognized internationally for her leadership. Among other things, she shared how she is in a cross-cultural marriage and it’s made her very...

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November 23, 2021 9:36AM

Fua Nascimento, master of capoeira, crooned at the top of his lungs while tapping a steady rhythm on a conga drum and stomping his bare feet on the sleek hardwood floor. My peers and I stood in a circle around him, captivated by the lilt of his voice as he sang traditional songs. In this experiential learning session of RGLP, through the practice of capoeira —a Brazilian form of martial arts — I learned to let go of my inhibitions, to approach a setting with openness and curiosity, and to...

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November 23, 2021 9:31AM

Over the course of RGLP I’ve had much concentrated exposure to differing cultural norms, values, and shared experiences. This has not necessarily been a comfortable process; from Capoeira to eating with chopsticks (which is probably disproportionately hard for me compared to others) to considering and overcoming my own cultural biases. I’ve learned that one of the most important tools one can employ in conducting dialogues across difference is a toleration of ambiguity and uncertainty....

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November 23, 2021 9:29AM

Adaptability has always been a strength of mine and something I value highly in leaders. As a leader in an ever changing world, it is extremely important to be quick on your feet and be able to adapt to any situation or environment that may arise. RGLP reinforced this belief for me and exposed me to new dimensions of adaptability that I had never thought about before. In approaching intercultural interactions of any kind, adaptability means many things. It means being conscious of how your...

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November 23, 2021 9:27AM

 

A lot of things are perceived as “common sense:” treat your waiter nicely, do not text and drive, clean up after yourself, and many others. However, common sense is not so common. Cultural respect, like the previous actions, are not prevalent among Dartmouth students.

Our Dartmouth bubble includes people who do not realize their microaggressions and those who engage in downright racism. So, you ask: how can we provide people with the tools for dialogue across...

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November 23, 2021 9:24AM

Separation of mind and body is a hallmark of Western culture(s). As a product of a Czech-American household, my own interest in intercultural studies has mimicked this divide. Epistemology has for all my life been relegated to the brain, to intellect. I have thus always interpreted intercultural knowledge, intercultural communication, and intercultural conflict as being purely mental phenomena. Developing intercultural intuition, however, is far more comprehensive....

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November 23, 2021 9:22AM

Prior to RGLP, I considered tolerating ambiguity to be an immense challenge. In my personal life, I naturally distinguish right from wrong without second thought; I oftentimes struggle to find the middle ground in many situations in which I maintain strong opinions. Thus, accepting that the right answer to a question or that the optimal solution to a problem may remain undefined was hard to conceptualize. Nevertheless, outside of my direct sphere of influence, complex...

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November 23, 2021 9:20AM

What does it mean to be multicultural or culturally ambiguous? I represent a particularly easy-to-notice example of this phenomenon, having been born and brought up by liberal westernized parents but in India attending a conservative Indian school. I am a hodgepodge of cultural identities, with an American accent and values, but the American knowledge of a recent immigrant and a conversely strong cultural understanding of the South Asian context.

Having grown up used to code-...

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