Solving a problem is challenge enough. Adding personal and cultural differences to the mix confuses conflict into the situation. Centered problem solvers sort out the interpersonal difficulties and focus on the process behind the problem. Most of the time, when we solve the process problem, the people problems are much less significant. And still we must solve the people problems as well.
Here are some antidotes to the poison of culture clash: respect, clarity, understanding, taking the time to find and create shared meaning. Trust. And, let's not forget the most powerful help: love.
Culture clashes create problems within problems. Understand rather than undermine. Reveal rather than conceal. Heal rather than steal.
You can not only solve the problem -- you could also build better relationships.
-- doug smith