Inter-Cultural Intelligence

We believe people have unique cultural preferences in the same way they have a unique personality driven behavioral style. This is why KnowledgeWorkx created the Inter-Cultural Intelligence (ICI) analysis framework and methodologies. It looks at every person as a uniquely wired cultural human being (self-cultural analysis). It is crucial to first connect with your own cultural preferences and then use that to connect more effectively with people around you.

Over 300 million people live outside the country of their birth and almost 1/3 of the global work force engages across borders on a regular basis (virtually or face-to-face). Our world is interconnected and will require collaborative investment to manage the dilemmas our world is facing! Therefore, we need a new way of equipping ourselves for relational success in a diverse world.

Engaging people effectively requires us to look beyond the external clues that we have used for so long to put people in cultural boxes. These boxes are at best superficial and in most cases dangerously inaccurate. We believe people have unique cultural preferences in the same way they have a unique personality driven behavioral style. Although Nationality, Ethnicity and Race are important ways to create identity and ways to discuss broader topics of diversity, they are not always the best starting point to connect! If we start with the premise that every human being has their own unique cultural preferences, it results in a powerful shift in our interaction.

What do people who practice Inter-Cultural Intelligence say?

  • It makes me less bias and more curious

  • We are more likely to connect based on our common humanity

  • It establishes trust and respect

  • We connect deeper faster


Developing ICI will not only illuminate the relationships between your culture, your colleagues' culture, company culture, and national culture; you will learn what to do with that information, as well as develop the competencies to think and act appropriately. ICI Practitioners are bridge builders and are uniquely equipped to build culture (we call it the “Third Cultural Space”).

Inter-Cultural Intelligence (ICI) is all about nurturing relational success and creating new cultural spaces with the people around you! To do this well you need to master the Three Meta-Competencies of ICI:

  1. Master Fear, Operate in Freedom.

  2. See with clarity and remain focused on the greater good of all involved.

  3. Navigate Incompatibilities.


Each of the three meta-competencies of Inter-Cultural Intelligence is supported by a further six competencies/behaviors that will allow you to develop your ability to become Inter-Culturally Intelligent.


You can read about the meta-competencies in the following article series: The Three Meta-Competencies of Inter-Cultural Intelligence”

ICI Tools and Reports


The Three Colors of Worldview Discovery Tool

The Three Colors of Worldview Discovery tool was developed to assist people with a deeper understanding of their own and other people’s cultural drivers, motivators and demotivators.

The Three Colors of Worldview are discovered through an online questionnaire and a blended learning approach that could include the following components: eLearning, self-discovery, coaching and group facilitation. Self and other-discovery, reflection and application will allow participants to:

  1. Apply the framework to their own cultural journey and can explain their own cultural drivers, motivators and demotivators using the language of the Three Colors of Worldview

  2. Know how to use the Three Colors of Worldview Framework to more accurately assess individuals, groups and systems/processes

  3. Develop adaptation strategies in one-to-one and group interactions leading to more successful relationships and work and beyond

  4. Apply the Three Colors of Worldview framework to become more effective in key organizational focus areas like: collaboration, communication, client engagement & sales, leadership and teaming.

The Three Colors of Worldview tool was developed in conjunction with the Cultural Mapping Inventory (CMi) assessment.

The Three Colors of Worldview Discovery report is a rich 15-page individual report, which includes a clear guide for action with practical adaptation strategies to engage more effectively in an intercultural world.