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Coaching Across Cultures: New Tools for Leveraging National, Corporate and Professional Differences by Philippe Rosinski

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Chapter 8How to Leverage Our Notions of Territory and Boundaries

How do you delineate your physical and psychological territory?

Protective/Sharing

Protective: Protect yourself by keeping personal life and feelings private (mental boundaries), and by minimizing intrusions in your physical space (physical boundaries).

Sharing: Build closer relationships by sharing your psychological and physical domains.

...but near him thy angel,Becomes a fear, as being o’erpower’d; thereforeMake space enough between you.1

—William Shakespeare

Protective/Sharing

Protective: In protective cultures, people are keen to protect their physical and mental territory. Erecting boundaries around their physical space and keeping people at a distance reduces the risk ...

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