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Cultural intelligence doesn’t mean being a cultural chameleon. Sometimes when I attempt a Japanese bow, I notice my Japanese counterpart extending her arm to shake my hand. It’s a bit like a middle-aged adult trying to act, dress, and talk like a hipster. It doesn’t turn out well for anyone.

When should we adapt to another culture and when is doing so inauthentic or worse yet, insulting? Clearly there are times we must adapt to different cultures. That’s at the crux of cultural intelligence. But is adaptation always the right choice? Here are a few questions I ask myself when making that decision:

1. Is it a tight or loose culture? Michelle Gelfand from the University of Maryland studied “Tight vs. Loose” cultures. This refers to how strong the social norms are within a culture. It’s a society’s level of tolerance for people who deviate from its preferred norms.

Places like Japan and Saudi Arabia are “tight” cultures. They emphasize conformity to their dominant social values and norms. In contrast, Thailand and The Netherlands are “loose” cultures, where the emphasis is upon you behaving as you wish, as long as it doesn’t infringe upon someone else being able to do so as well.

When deciding if and how much you should adapt to a different culture, reflect on how tight or loose it is. Look at the research on the 33 nations included in the UIN Mens colorful Barcelona Casual Canvas SlipOn Shoes White bO0Pp15
And use your own insights and network to get a sense of the expectations upon whether you should adapt your behavior.

2. Am I Compromising Myself? I have a set of values and convictions that I’m not willing to compromise just to fit in with another culture. I suspect the same is true for you. Some people would be compromising their health or religious beliefs to participate in the excessive drinking that sometimes occurs at Chinese business dinners . And some companies, such as Bloomberg , forbid employees from accepting gifts of any kind, including having dinner paid for lest it compromise journalistic integrity. That policy runs against the grain of the cultural values of hospitality and gift-giving in many places around the world.

But cultural intelligence is not simply play-acting and performing based upon others’ preferences and expectation. It has to be rooted in a strong sense of your self. You need an inner compass to help you discern when adapting goes beyond your core values.

3. How can I best express my intentions? By this point, the inevitable question is, It sounds great. But in reality, your behavior might mean one thing to you and an entirely different thing to someone else. For one person, “being yourself” might mean being blunt and speaking boldly. To them, that might express conviction and passion. But for someone who has been socialized differently, it might come off as rude and aggressive. So we have to ask whether the behaviors we use accurately communicate the intentions we want to convey.

Many say it’s just a matter of respecting each other and allowing an inclusive space for our differences. But even what we consider inclusive and respectful is deeply embedded in cultural norms and behaviors. Good intentions are not enough. Behavior is the way people perceive intentions. And the behaviors that most strongly communicate are less how you pass your business card and whether you kiss, bow, or shake. And they’re more whether you’re willing to adapt the process for how you get work done, exercise flexibility in your policies, timelines, etc.

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and I are researching and writing an upcoming book on culturally intelligent innovation. Diverse teams innovate more than homogeneous teams do if there are high levels of CQ among the diverse team members. Therefore, if everyone tries to be the same, the team loses one of the most powerful drivers of innovation—the differences!

On the other hand, if every team member insists on “being themselves” and no one adapts, the team sits in gridlock. (U.S. congress anyone?!). Culturally intelligent teams draw upon their differences to find a third space where they can create innovative solutions that stem from the power of different perspectives and approaches.

Andy Molinski’s new book, is an excellent resource that takes all of this much further. It provides research-based, practical ways to improve CQ Action —your ability to effectively adapt your behavior for intercultural environments.

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When you run composer update , Composer creates composer.lock file right next to composer.json . This file contains metadata about packages and versions which are really installed.

It'sstandard that we commit composer.lock file only into concrete applications and not into libraries. There can be a situation, when a newer version of some our dependency is released, and our colleague will pull the latest version of our application, calls the composer install and now he has newer version of that library. The lock file prevents this, because when you run the install and not update , the Composer will always install versions exactly as they are in the lockfile.

If we want to update the dependencies to newer ones, it'ssimple as calling composer update .

If we have internal applications or libraries in our company, which cannot be hosted publicly on GitHub and Packagist, we can create our own repositories for those project.

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Don't consider it a disadvantage, but a possibility of improving the whole project. Composer is not capable of installing only some dependencies– it has to take care of all ofthem.

The recommended way is to create a composer.json file, list all dependencies your project have, install them via Composer and then delete the old and manually downloaded libraries in libs/ .

Any project, which has composer.json in its root, can work as a Composer package. If it needs to work as a dependency, it needs to have defined at least two fields: name and version .

The name consists of a vendor name and concrete package name– it shall prevent conflicts.

If we use a Version Control System (e.g. git), it is not necessary to specify the version parameter. Composer can detect and branches from git and those one, which look like version numbers, can be automatically used as dependencies.

Composer solves the autoloading problem automatically so you don't need to focus on it anymore. Each library can provide in its composer.json the autoloading standard it uses and Composer will take care of it. If we use PSR-0, our top-most namespace is MyApp and the code is located in libs/ directory, then the autoloading part can looklike:

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