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