Silent or verbal? A cultural question
Friend and colleague Barbara Pirie of Pirie Associates in Lautoka, Fiji Islands focuses on understanding differences among cultures. She's written an article, Some Speak With Silence: Facilitating Mixed Silent/Verbal Groups, focusing on one aspect of those differences: the way different cultures use words and silence, and she's graciously allowed me to host it on my Web site.
If you are from a verbal culture and work with those in a silent culture today (or vice versa), I invite you to read the article and see if it helps you work more effectively together. I'd be interested in your thoughts.
If you don't work across such cultural borders today, read it anyway; you may tomorrow!