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University of Phoenix, Alumni Association Magazine, Winter 2014

What’s Your CQ? 5 tips for improving your cultural intelligence
by Lori K. Baker

UOP magcoverIf you are an American, it’s easy to forget that so many of our innocent hand gestures—from the encouraging thumbs-up to the hippie-era peace sign—are interpreted as offensive and even vulgar overseas. For example, the A-OK sign is decidedly not OK in Brazil.

Tip #1: Know thyself.
Tip #2: Face the facts.
Tip #3: Talk it over.
Tip #4: Practice your way to perfection.
Tip #5: Hire a coach.

I recently had the privilege of participating in an interview for the University of Phoenix Alumni Association Magazine, Phoenix Focus. My comments are found in “What’s your CQ?” This magazine is chock full of great tips and information. 

Excerpt: “I think people need to realize it is very, very difficult to avoid cultural biases and prejudices. Some were taught to us as children. Others were gained through personal experiences and outside influences, like television and media. The challenge is to develop the ability to put aside those biases or prejudices and learn to communicate with individuals.

More excellent articles:

GREAT LEADERS: Are they born or made?
by Julie Wilson

Are great leadership skills genetic, or are they a result of environment and circumstance?

      • Dual natures
      • Common denominators
      • Born that way: The fast track to leadership
      • Cultivating your leadership potential

Excerpt: You’ve got to be able to look like a leader,says Riggio, the author of The Practice of Leadership: Developing the Next General of Leaders. That means having a polished presence, because “one misstep can be disastrous.” He counts Hillary Clinton among those who do this well.

Where do you fit in the wild kingdom of leadership? Find out.
by Jenny Jedeikin

Can the animal world offer up human leadership comparisons? Some seem to think so.

      • Leadership quiz: Which animal are you?
      • Score yourself: Lion, Sheep, Bonobo Chimpanzee, Great White Shark, or Redback Spider.

Excerpt: “Humans are a pretty young species, compared to other species on Earth, and we traditionally have many of the behaviors that other animals had first.” says Kevin McGraw, Ph.D. Find out where you fall in the wild kingdom when it comes to leadership.

by Lori Baker

This designing alumnus (Lloyd Princeton) has made his mark on both coasts by pairing style seekers with their perfect design match.

      • A who’s who of clients
      • Winning the match
      • 5 Ways to meet your (professional) match

Excerpt: Lloyd Princeton shares his words of wisdom on how to not only have a professional designed, but any consultant whose expertise you might need.

Click here to access the entire Phoenix Focus magazine.


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