My first encounter with cultural intelligence was eight years ago when I applied for a part-time administrative position with the Cultural Intelligence Center. As a recent college graduate most of my experience with people from different backgrounds was limited to international students I met on campus. As a young professional working for a global company, I recognized my need to learn how to work with people from all over the world. CQ quickly became more than part of the company I was working with. It was a must-have for my own professional success.
Now, as Vice President of Operations, I have learned how to develop and apply cultural intelligence to my personal and professional life. In doing so, I have become a more effective leader and colleague and a better friend and partner. CQ is a tremendously powerful framework that has taught me how to diagnose and respond to complex intercultural situations. It is a new way of seeing and experiencing the world.
Cultural intelligence (CQ) is defined as “the ability to relate and work effectively with people from different nationalities, ethnicities, age groups, and more.” And, like other skillsets, it is proven to be malleable. Research has demonstrated that anyone can improve CQ—yes, anyone—regardless of background or experience. With practice, dedication, and accountability, individuals can develop their CQ to become powerful negotiators, effective managers, better partners, and improved global citizens.
Today, I reflect on how tremendously fortunate I have been to develop my cultural intelligence under the guidance of dedicated and esteemed CQ experts, including David Livermore, Linn Van Dyne, Sandra Upton, Lyla Kohistany, and Kristin Ekkens.
Surprised by my awesome colleagues on my 5th anniversary!
Here at the Cultural Intelligence Center, we believe the work we do can make the world a better place, and we are motivated to spread cultural intelligence awareness, training, and development across the globe.
I am excited about the launch of LearnCQ.com, a site dedicated to the growth of personal and professional success through cultural intelligence assessments and development courses.
LearnCQ.com offers academically validated assessments, engaging online courses, and high-impact live virtual workshops designed by top CQ researchers and experts. Now, you too can learn from CQ experts!
Interested in learning more? Contact us at info@culturalQ.com or call us at +1-616-855-1737.
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The CQ Pro Assessment measures your ability to work and relate across cultures by measuring skills in four distinct areas. It also includes a valuable analysis of your cultural values across ten global clusters. It is the starting point of your CQ journey and gives you a benchmark from which to improve your effectiveness.
The MyCQ ™: Understanding My Cultural Intelligence course dives deeper into your Cultural Intelligence (CQ) scores and provides you with personalized strategies for improvement. The engaging and practical 1hour online course is designed to teach you how to leverage CQ in the real-world.
The Developing CQ Virtual Workshop is for individuals looking for proven strategies to improve their multicultural personal and professional relationships. This blended-learning program will help anyone who interacts with different cultures, whether multinational, generational, ethnic, or even different organizational cultures within a workplace.