In keeping with the seen and unseen cultural aspects of the iceberg, there are many components of culture that are commonly referred to as dimensions. Further exploring the dimensions of culture helps to define what a culture believes and what guides its people—including the cultural norms that affect day-to-day interactions. These dimensions are the foundations of culture, and understanding them will help you navigate conversations and influence how you respond to difficult questions.
Each dimension is defined by two opposing poles and each culture falls at some point along the spectrum between those two poles. If you’re able to map the culture you are encountering across a number of dimensions, you can obtain a more complete picture of that culture and communicate more effectively.
Let’s explore four of the most influential dimensions.
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