Montreal Courtesy and Respect


The UNESCO considers Courtesy and Respect as

"a set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual, and emotional features of a society or a social group, and that it encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs"

The UNESCO as in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.


Cross Cultural  Differences and Relationships

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Cross cultural differences, interactions and communications between people from different cultural backgrounds do exist in our surroundings and do bring cultural misunderstandings and do require canadian culture questions and answers.


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In Montreal and in our very local cross cultural relationships, approximately 25% of our population belongs to a "visible minority" defined as "persons other than Aboriginals who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour".


Montreal Culture Explorations 1 to 12

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A series of Montreal Courtesy and Respect 1 to 12 in Montreal by Montrealers and the reasons why they are so important. Some are related to culture issues and others to professional behavior. Being familiar with our cultural diversity does bring important advantages.


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Montreal Courtesy and Respect 2 as in culture questions and professional behavior, local values, beliefs, attitudes and social habits. A cultural competence mixed with a proper cultural behavior and the ability to relate to many different professional and cultural situations.


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Montreal Courtesy and Respect 3 and cultures issues that come with a few business and social explanations about Montreal and Montrealers, along with a look at our business culture and strategic planning. A mixture of cultural competence, culture issues and culture options.


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Montreal Courtesy and Respect 4 to explain how business is done in our surroundings, what are our main social and cultural activities and how we behave in various situations. Montrealers differ from one another, but they are usually tolerant of diversity and cultural differences.


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The essence of our Montreal Courtesy and Respect 5 is not what is visible on the surface, it is the shared ways groups of people understand and interpret their world. Being familiar with the cultural diversity of an organization and of its surroundings does bring important advantages.


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According to our Montreal Courtesy and Respect 6, men do not touch each other except when they shake hands or play sports, but women are less bound by these rules. Plus, Montrealers have a strong sense of personal space and displaying affection in public is rather exceptional.


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Behind our Montreal Courtesy and Respect 7 are the famous words "Si c'était à refaire, je commencerais par la culture" by Jean Monnet, the founder of the European Community. Famous words written by Helene Ahrweiler, but never pronounced by Jean Monnet.


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Montreal Courtesy and Respect 8 as in culture questions and answers and as in the work done to increase the visibility of our minorities in managerial positions. A visible minority employment status that can be compared to the present employment status of some women.


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Montreal is primarily a French speaking society where our Montreal Courtesy and Respect 9 is rather important. Montreal is (almost) pluralistic, respectful of freedom of conscience in an harmonious environment free of assimilation intent.


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Montreal Courtesy and Respect 10 is about a rather informal, relaxed and casual office dress codes for men and for women, although there may be differences between the private and the public sectors. Men and women do tend to prefer conservative and comfortable clothes.


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Montreal Courtesy and Respect 11 is about us spending time with you and you with us so we can learn about how to properly behave and properly react in various types of business and personal situations. A mutual understanding of our respective rules and customs.


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Montreal Courtesy and Respect 12 and Montrealers who tend to address each other on a first-name basis. It is, however, recommended to start with Mr or Mrs or Ms or Dr or any other title followed by the last name of the person. 


Culture Diversity, Issues and Topics


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Culture diversity refers to knowledge, beliefs, language and communication, culture issues refer to patterns, behaviors and norms and culture topics refer to acceptance and respect of cultural differences such as generation gaps....


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The UNESCO considers culture issues as a "set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterize a society". The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization insists on "building peace in the minds of men and women".


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Global Affairs Canada offers interesting answers about many of our culture topics, along with detailed information about our cross cultural etiquette and manners. A page entitled cultural questions and a Canadian point of view we recommend.


Montreal GLOBAL Kit
Courtesy and Respect by Rachel Louise Barry

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In the process of being analysed, selected and implemented - RLB

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