Comparing Values Across Cultures
If you're considering Mexico as a retirement location, it's more than liekly that you have more than a passing interest in the Mexican people and their culture.
If one seeks a thorough understanding of a people one must, at the very least, spend a number of years of working and living among them. Mexicans appreciate a foreigner's interest in their country and culture, even more so an American's sincere interest, as generally Norte Americanos are perceived as only interested in their point of view and are often regarded with suspicion and distrust.
As the chart below illustrates, different cultures may perceive and value behavior and attitudes differently.
|Comparing Cultural Differences|
|One Culture May Value:||Another Culture May Value:|
|Values change||Values tradition|
|Favors specific communication||Favors ambiguous communication|
|Values analytical, linear problem solving||Values intuitive, lateral problem solving|
|Places emphasis on individual performance||Places emphasis on group performance|
|Considers verbal communication most important||Considers context & nonverbal communication most important|
|Focuses on task and product||Focuses on relationship and process|
|Places emphasis on promoting differing views||Places emphasis on harmony and consensus|
|Emphasizes competition||Emphasizes collaboration|
|Prefers informal tone||Prefers formal tone|
|Is flexible about schedules||Emphasizes rigid adherence to schedules|