How to remain flexible when networking with different cultures

Networking is often nuanced depending on the cultural context. It is naturally challenging for someone to learn the subtleties of networking in another culture. In some cultures, connections are often made to accomplish a specific task. Yet in other cultures, one might add someone to his or her network because of their group affiliations. In such a context, the networking goal is about developing long-term strategic relationships. In cultures where group dynamics are especially important, the process of building networks also become more elaborate. Depending on the culture you’re interacting with, be flexible about reacting faster or staying patient. Also be prepared to accept that you may need to nurture connections in ways that feel out of sync or unrelated to what you are hoping to get out of the relationship.

SourceTanveer Naseer



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