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Tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty

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In cultures with a high tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty, rules, regulations and procedures are often viewed as confining, obstacles to improvisation and risk taking.

 

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Cultural traps

If you come from a culture with a low tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty and have always been praised for your organizational ability, you may be surprised to discover that your colleagues and acquaintances with a higher tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty view you as square, rigid and inflexible, someone who goes only by the book.

If you come from a culture with a high tolerance for ambiguity and have always been rewarded for your creativity and daring, you may be shocked to discover that your colleagues and clients perceive you as irresponsible, over-confident, undisciplined and, worst of all, unprofessional.

 

 

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