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(Excerpts from tcWorld magazine)
Intercultural coaching has the same basic tenets as standard professional coaching but also takes into consideration the coachee’s cultural perspective, and those of the people around him/her. Intercultural coaching focuses on creating an ‘intercultural climate’ that allows the coach and coachee to become more culturally aware and adapt their behavior and expectations as appropriate.
Intercultural coaching is defined as “utilizing culture as a force of change to unleash the coachee’s potential”. Both the coach and the coachee will take a look at the cultures that might be involved (national culture, organizational culture, social class, professional affiliation, etc.) and consider how to take them into account for the realization of the coachee’s objectives.
Traditional coaching has a tendency to assume a worldview that is very Western. This worldview however, does not translate universally across different cultures. People instinctively approach situations in business with their own ‘worldview’ (I.e. personal and cultural perspective). In contrast, in the intercultural coaching process it is important to be aware of the various worldviews that are in play.