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  • Writer's pictureReeshemah Davis

Navigating Cultural Differences

Cultural awareness is necessary for inclusive teams in the intricate complexities of the workplace.

It's the key to unlocking the full potential of diversity within teams, fostering an environment where every individual feels valued, understood, and empowered to contribute their unique perspective.


As a DEI strategist and executive coach, I've witnessed firsthand the transformative power of cultural awareness in driving organizational success.


At the heart of cultural awareness lies an understanding of culture – a multifaceted concept encompassing everything from language and cuisine to beliefs and social norms. While some cultural markers are readily apparent, others lie beneath the surface, shaping our identities and influencing our interactions in ways that may not always be immediately evident.


As we embark on the journey of increasing cultural awareness, humility becomes our compass. It's the recognition that true understanding requires curiosity, intentionality, and a willingness to engage with perspectives that may differ from ours. It's about stepping outside our comfort zones and embracing the richness of diversity with an open mind and heart.


I use the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) to explore cultural awareness. The IDI is the premier cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence (humility) used by individuals and organizations to build humility in achieving inclusion goals and outcomes. This assessment supports teams looking to deepen their cultural awareness and navigate differences.

Cultural awareness is more than passive observation; it is an active commitment to growth and transformation. It's about creating a culture where every voice is heard, valued, and respected, regardless of background or identity.


Fostering a learning, listening, and engagement culture is essential for cultivating cultural agility within your organization. It's about creating spaces for self-inquiry and growth, where mistakes are acknowledged as opportunities for learning and growth.


Book a FREE Strategy Session to learn more about the IDI® Assessment.

Together, we'll explore how to build bridges, foster understanding, and create a future where every voice is heard and valued.


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