Cultural Intelligence: Measured by the Intercultural Development Inventory®
Does having diversity in your workplace feel more like drama than productivity? Research has found that diverse teams typically perform worse than homogeneous teams do. Why? Because it’s harder to get things done when people don’t see eye-to eye. What makes sense to you, might not make sense to me. Thankfully, this same body of research found there’s more to the story. Diverse teams with moderate to high levels of cultural intelligence outperform homogenous teams on productivity, collaboration and innovation (Maznevski & DiStefano, 2002). Cultural intelligence isn’t just something you have though, it’s something you grow. Watch this 4-min video about the stages of development. Discover your own and your team’s current level of cultural intelligence by taking the IDI® .
Value – Learn better to do better!
The IDI results are used in two informative ways:
- To help an individual and group understand what is contributing to their successes and challenges in areas of difference and
- What action they can take to build capacity to more and more effectively navigate those differences.
Over 60% of us worldwide are stuck in and working from the middle stage of Minimization. Left unchecked that inadvertently allows for stifled conversations, inability to see the impact of words and actions on others, infighting between groups and departments and blocked team productivity. Cultural intelligence provides team members the motivation, understanding and skills not just for tolerating differences but seeing them as an asset so everyone feels valued, heard, seen and engaged.