Cultural Self-Study Experiences

Cultural Self-Study Experiences

Over half a century, every researcher who has tried to figure out how people adapt more readily and effectively to an unfamiliar culture has cited one indispensable requirement:

To perceive and make sense of another person's culture, you must first be able and willing to perceive and make sense of your own culture.

Recent explorations of the global-mindset concept have reached an almost identical conclusion.  Two well-known researchers have written, for example:

[When we encounter] new information...that is truly novel and inconsistent with [our] existing mindset..., the likelihood that our mindset will undergo a change depends largely on how explicitly self-conscious we are of our current mindset: the more hidden and subconscious our cognitive filters, the greater the likelihood of rigidity.

No global-mindset development program can have a lasting impact unless something is done to enable participants to clearly perceive their previously hidden cognitive filters — filters put into place by the culture(s) within which each participant was raised.

GROVEWELL has found a way of doing this.


This component of GROVEWELL's global-mindset development program is delivered by means of classroom facilitation and learning, supported by study and writing assignments completed by participants on their own time.

This component applies a strategy for increasing adult intercultural sensitivity and effectiveness that has emerged from twelve years of research and successful classroom application, and that has been presented at conferences and discussed at length in leading professional journals.2

Following a structured protocol, each learner completes a process of applying various concepts of culture in a self-study exercise.  This exercise focuses attention not on the self as a psychological being who is unique, but rather on the self as a cultural being who shares with others an identifying set of values, expectations, and behaviors.

Each learner internalizes key concepts of culture in a way that enables comprehension, emotionally as well as cognitively, of how he or she is a vehicle for the expression of culture.

This deep comprehension is then available for application within the other two components of GROVEWELL's program, In-Company Experiences and In-Community Experiences.


The classroom learning occurs on our client company's own worksite.  Two-hour class sessions occur every two or three weeks over a period of six to eight months.

Cultural Self-Study needs to begin simultaneously with one or both of the other two components.

Besides supportive facilitation during classroom sessions, Cultural Self-Study is supported by small-group coaching and, when needed, individual coaching.

The Learn More button, above right, will bring you a fast reply from Cornelius Grove, co-creator of this program.