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Cultural Agility: Building a Pipeline of Successful Global Professionals by Paula Caligiuri

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CHAPTER 7

CRAFTING DEVELOPMENTAL CROSS-CULTURAL EXPERIENCES TO INCREASE CULTURAL AGILITY

A learning system to develop cultural agility needs to include two parts, cross-cultural training and experiential developmental opportunities. Chapter Six focused on cross-cultural training, including methods for laying the foundation of cross-cultural knowledge within the workforce. For cultural agility to be created, however, professionals need to interact in different cultures and with people from different cultures. We cannot learn to swim by taking even the best land-based swimming lesson. At some point, we need to get in the water. Similarly, professionals need to learn to be effective in cross-cultural situations by experiencing cross-cultural situations. ...

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