Cross Culture Intelligence 4


Cross culture intelligence 4 as in culture issues and the work done to increase the visibility of minorities in managerial positions.

A visible minority employment status comparable to the employment status of women who also have to face similar "glass ceiling" barriers to their professional advancement and cross culture intelligence 4.

36. Individualism

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  • Individualism is deeply anchored in our way of thinking and acting.

  • The bonds between Montrealers are neither narrow nor permanent.

  • Montrealers help each other but the solidarity of the group is not as important as our individuality. 
  • Our climate and our famous "grands espaces canadiens" contributed to our individualism.

37. Introductions

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  • Business hierarchy is based on the rank of a person and not on whether it is a man or a woman.

  • Introductions are made while standing up and first names and surnames are used.
  • We introduce a person of a lower rank to a person of a higher rank.

  • Introductions can serve as ice-breakers.

  • By adding the title of a person, the name of his or her company, the country of origin or a pastime, you facilitate the encounter of the two persons you just introduced. 

38. Languages

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  • The Charter of the French Language, Bill 101 adopted in 1977 is a law that defines French as the only official language in the province of Quebec.

  • The preamble of the Charter states that French is the official language of government, law and normal language of work, education, communication and business.
  • Our Official Languages Act came into force in 1988 and sets the three basics objectives of the Government of Canada.

  • 1st to ensure respect for English and French as the official languages of Canada.

  • 2nd to ensure equality of status.

  • 3rd to ensure equal rights and privileges as to the use of both languages in all federal institutions.

39. Montrealers

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You know you are a Montrealer when:

  • Everyone on the streets - drivers, pedestrians, cyclists - think they are immortal and that you will move first.
  • You agree that Montreal drivers are crazy, but you are secretly proud of their nerves of steel. 
  • For two weeks every year you are a Montreal International Jazz Festival aficionado.

  • You know that the West Island is not a separate geographical formation.
  • The most exciting thing about the South Shore is that you can turn right on a red light. 
  • You refer to Mont-Tremblant as "up North".
  • There has to be at least 30cm of snow on the ground in less than 24 hours for you to consider it too snowy to drive.
  • You know the difference between the SQ, the SAQ and the SAAQ.

  • You understand and frequently use terms like anglophone, francophone and allophone.

  • You understand that "La Fête Nationale" is not the celebration of "Quebec's Birthday".
  • You know that Rocket Richard had nothing to do with astrophysics.
  • You are a Habs fan, always was, always will be.

40. Names and Surnames

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  • We have a hard time remembering names and surnames we are not familiar with.

  • We will probably ask you to suggest a shortened or easier way to address you.
  • Discussing the situation does not cause any problem, on the contrary.

Montreal BUSINESS Kit
Cross Culture Intelligence 4 by Rachel Louise Barry