How is your cultural intelligence?

Why be culturally intelligent?

The transformative power of culturally intelligent mentoring around the world offers tremendous potential for innovation and that elusive competitive edge, especially within organisations with a culturally diverse workforce.

Effective mentoring enhances staff engagement and productivity at virtually every stage of a person’s career and professional development. It offers great benefit to businesses and organisations that recognise, invest in and appreciate its value.

Our book Mentoring with Cultural Intelligence: Keeping it REAL comes out early 2017.

Assess yourself

This short, self-assessment will give you an indication of your awareness of important factors in mentoring people from other cultures.

You must answer each question before you can move onto the next question. There are 15 questions in total.


Mentoring with Cultural Intelligence self-assessment:

Q1 of 15: Do I know the cultural background of my mentee and how many languages he/she speaks or understands?

Q2 of 15: Have I done any basic background research on the generalised cultural values my mentee may have?

Q3 of 15: Do I understand what my preferred communication style is?

Q4 of 15:  Am I able to adapt my communication style to connect effectively with people from others cultures or who may have different communication styles?

Q5 of 15: Do I have an effective framework to help guide our mentoring relationship and my mentee’s development pathway?

Q6 of 15: Do I discuss with my mentee what we both have to offer each other and what we both expect from working together?

Q7 of 15: Do I actively listen for what is not being said i.e. any underlying challenges that my mentee may need to discuss but is reluctant to share with me?

Q8 of 15: Do I consider whether direct or indirect feedback will be more effective with my mentee?

Q9 of 15: Do I ask open-ended questions that challenge my mentee(s) to think about and consider options that will take them outside their comfort zone?

Q10 of 15: Do I consciously allow time and ‘space’ for my mentee to think more deeply on the challenge or issue we are discussing?

Q11 of 15: Am I comfortable with extended periods of silence in a mentoring conversation?

Q12 of 15: Do I have an effective approach for clarifying when ‘Yes’ might mean ‘No’ or when ‘Yes’ might mean, ‘Maybe but I’m not quite sure?’

Q13 of 15: Do I paraphrase my mentee’s   insights and observations throughout our discussion?

Q14 of 15: Do I ask my mentee to consider how their cultural values might be influencing how they interpret a situation and how they might respond to it?

Q15 of 15: Do I ask my mentee to explain to the specific actions we need to agree on before they take action on them?

Thank you for taking the Mentoring with Cultural Intelligence Self-Assessment. Please enter your contact details so that your score and results can be emailed to you within the next few minutes.


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