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Trust and Corporate Diplomacy in a Globalized World

One of the most important skills to have as an individual in modern-day corporate society is the ability to build trust with other people. Moreover, diplomacy and the ability to interact with other people are useful beyond just the corporate world. These skills are fundamental to the success of humanity since the dawn of time.

In modern times, we as the human race have become more connected more than ever before. With the rise of technological innovations like the internet, we can access events and information from a completely separate part of the world than we are ourselves are living in. It is not farfetched to hear the saying “we are living in a globalized world.” Many feel that this could be a good thing, because it could bring diverse perspectives and cultures together to work towards solutions to problems.

While diversity in terms of culture is a good thing and can bring different ideas to the table. There are also many barriers preventing people from building trust amongst one another. If people have trouble trusting other people from their own culture and society, then it is most likely that there will be difficulty trusting people who do not necessarily share the same cultural values as you do.

The article below describes four different cultures and the cultural values they hold with the most regard in deciding if someone or a business is deemed trustworthy or not. The four cultures mentioned in the article are East Asian, North American/ European, Latin- American, and Middle- Eastern/ South Asian. Certain Cultures emphasize openness- whereas other’s competency. The article delves into the primary motivating thought processes when it comes to building trust for each culture. It then gives ways to respectfully navigate these barriers and create positive otucomes.

In a world where there are multiple ethical dilemmas occurring. Diplomacy and collaboration amongst people of different cultures and areas of the world is imperative for the longevity of all people in the world. There may, never be a unified consensus of culture or thought amongst 100% of people.

Nevertheless,  people must continue moving forward and build a world where ethical relativism is aligned with the interests and  to the benefit of the majority of people in the world. If cultural barriers are handled respectfully and collaboration amongst people of different cultures can come together. It will make finding near unanimous/ global consensus to solutions to ethical problems like climate change, disease, war, famine, airtificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and climate change much more efficient.

– Nimesh T

https://hbr.org/2020/01/research-how-to-build-trust-with-business-partners-from-other-cultures

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