Cultural Intelligence Part 8


Cultural intelligence Part 8 as in culture issues and the work done to increase the visibility of our minorities in managerial positions.

A visible minority employment status comparable to the employment status of women who, unfortunately, still have to face a similar "glass ceiling" and different barriers to their professional advancement.

Situations where cultural competence and Cultural Intelligence Part 8 can and does bring valuable information.

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.
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  • 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.
  • 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 that "La Fête Nationale" is not the celebration of "Quebec's Birthday".
  • You know that Rocket Richard had nothing to do with astrophysics and, 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
Cultural Intelligence Part 8 by Rachel Louise Barry
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Discovering the 60,000 or so companies established on the Island of Montreal.