CMI Interview

This is a three questions interview about the CMI results of two of my classmates.

Interview 1 with – Haya Al Ameri: H00204479

  1. When you got your results, what did you think about it? Do they reflect your personality?

– To be honest, I didn’t expect anything but most of the results that I got reflects my personality and in my opinion is true.

  1. Do you have control over your destiny? Why?

– I thought that I had control , but after what I got from the results I don’t really have much control on my own destiny because of the factors around me .

  1. After seeing your results, how do you describe your communication with other people?    

– In the result it says that my method of communication is direct and that am more comfortable with a direct approach to communication. Somehow, I totally agree with my results.

Interview 2 with – Tahani Al Hosani: H00247720

  1. When you got your results, what did you think about it? Do they reflect your personality?

– To be honest, I didn’t expect anything but most of the results that I got reflects my personality and in my opinion is true.

  1. Do you have control over your destiny? Why?

– I thought that I had control , but after what I got from the results I don’t really have much control on my own destiny because of the factors around me .

  1. After seeing your results, how do you describe your communication with other people?

– In the result it says that my method of communication is direct and that am more comfortable with a direct approach to communication. Somehow, I totally agree with my results.

Individual Assignment – Self Reflection

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  • What results did you expect to see?

I got a score of nearly 2 in Material Growth which I actually expected it to be even more! I know I tend to have a certain system that I like to follow step by step. I also got a result of nearly 3 in being Directive which I think is true. I have control on my destiny and I know what I want to do in this life and I kind of knew how it will end up. Moreover, I liked having a result of nearly 3 in direct communication, in fact, I am too direct and I would rather deal with people who are the same and gives you the information straight forward.

  • Which dimension would you wish to change?

I would want to change being Exclusive oriented. I am known to have limited connections with others. I would be uncomfortable if a friend of a friend of mine sat with us, I can get along with the situation, but I will rather get to know that person better to have him/her set with me! This is a problem since I am in a college environment where everyone is sharing everything together. So, I might be that mean girl who does not interact with people she does not know!

  • What can do to improve your cultural awareness?

I think I have to work on myself to be neutral in most of the dimensions. For example, I have to work on my outlooks to be in the middle between tradition and innovation. To not only look to the past achievements, but also look at the presence and seek to achieve more in the future.

  • Choose one dimension in which the results were a surprise?

The context of being formal and informal, I was not actually expecting to have such high score in it! I do not mind knowing people who are extremely open and informal, and I do not mind any kind of approaching towards me. However, that does not mean that I am informal. I think I should get a score of at least 2 since I come from a culture of Shame-Honor.

Hofstede’s Six Dimensions

The 6 dimensions of National Culture is a study by Professor Geert Hofstede, who defined culture as: “the collective programming of the mind distinguishing the members of one group or category of people from another”.

So, What Are Those Six Dimensions?

  1. Power Distance (PDI)

This dimension is basically about the differences of any group members according to their power; those who have less power will expect that power is distributed unequally.

  1. Individualism vs. Collectivism (IDV)

Individualism (I) is when individuals takes care of themselves and their own families, while collectivism (We) is when a relatives or society takes care of someone who in return is loyal to them.

  1. Masculinity vs. Femininity (MAS)

This dimension is about the emotional differences between genders. Masculine describes those heroisms and assertive, while feminine describes those with soft, caring and modest site.

  1. Uncertainty Avoidance Index (UAI)

This dimension expresses how society members are uncomfortable with uncertainty and doubts. Since the future is unknown, it is up to society to choose how to deal with it. Wither to be tolerant and firm with their ideas, or to keep a relaxed attitude.

  1. Long Term Orientation vs. Short Term Normative Orientation (LTO)

Those with long term orientation look towards the future and how to prepare for it. While those with short term normative orientation like to keep the presence simple, and respects their traditions.

  1. Indulgence vs. Restraint (IND)

Indulgence, is for those societies who are open to everyone, while restraint societies who are more strict in their lives.

References:

http://conorneill.com/2012/06/07/geert-hofstede-the-6-dimensions-of-national-culture/

http://geert-hofstede.com/national-culture.html

Budai (The Laughing Buddha) – China

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While I was looking for traditional items in Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, I saw this sculpture nearly everywhere! And so I asked about it and I found out that it is a Chinese Buddha.

What I noticed about this specific Buddha is that he looks like an old, bald, fat man wearing a robe, and he also looks like he is smiling! And when I searched about it, I realized that he is actually called (The Laughung Buddha).

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According to Wikipedia, the sculpture resamples a real man who lived in China during the Later Liang (907–923 AD), and he was considered a man of good and loving character.

The Chinese believes that rubbing Budai’s belly brings wealth, good luck, and prosperity!

Egyptian Belly Dancing Belt

Belly Dancing is a famous type of dancing that started in Egypt in 1800. And according to Wikipedia, the belly dancers in Egypt used to dance to the kings as entertainment and it was counted as an art of seduction!

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This picture shows the “Belly Dancing Belt”. I took this picture in Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Dubai.

The belt is the most important part of the Egyptian belly dance-wear. As you can see, the belt is made of fabric. It has different colors, and it mostly has small coins or bells, therefore when you move the hip it will make sounds with the movement. Cool ha?

I love Egyptian Music! and I really enjoy belly dancing.

Mosaic Glass Lights from Turkey

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This is the famous Turkish mosaic glass lights.

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I took these pictures from Souq Qariat Al Barri in Abu Dhabi.

These mosaic lights are unique for their colors and designs. They are used as table lamps or chandlers, and they are all handcraft made.

As I asked the seller about it, he said that these mosaic lamps were used 500 years ago by the Ottoman Empire, and only those royal family could afford it.

They are still used now as decorations, or to symbolize the Turkish Culture.

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I was very amazed by the colors and the details in the exterior.

Nobility of Time – London

This is a picture I took four years ago in downtown London, Westminster Bridge.

It is one of Salvador Dali’s inspired statues of the melting clock called “Nobility of Time”, built in 1977 from bronze.

The statue is about a clock hanged on a tree with two figures on the sides; an angel on the right, and a woman on the left. The clock has a crown on the top that signifies the time’s power over human and all creatures.

I mostly liked how the clock looks like it is really melting, I was very curious to know the meaning behind it. It looks as if it shows that we cannot redo our actions in life.

Such a masterpiece!