Blog Updates of the Week

Here’s our roundup of some interesting blog posts for this week. Note: We don’t necessarily endorse any of the authors or their perspectives.

Bilingualmadrid. (2017, May 03). Unit 2 – Summary. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from
Brennan, C. (2017, May 04). Here are preexisting conditions you could pay more for under AHCA. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from
Catalejoweb. (2017, April 28). Jam de improvisación. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Chassagne, N. (2017, May 01). Home is where the heart is. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

ClearingCustoms. (2017, April 26). When It’s Hard to Want to Want to Be Back [at A Life Overseas]. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

DrFitnessIn. (2017, May 05). Runner’s knee. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Expatpowerlifterrandommusings. (2017, May 04). 5 hard-earned tips for alleviating culture shock. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Gingabrasileira. (2017, May 03). Cook of the week. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Harmony. (2017, April 26). Featured Parents: Why boarding school? Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Heater, B. (2017, May 05). Will science and good shoes help break the two-hour marathon barrier this weekend? Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Hoerster, A. (2017, May 03). Vulnerability. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Intercoolturality. (2017, May 03). Nómadas del siglo XXI. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

‘Intuitive’ prosthetic hand sees what it’s touching. (2017, May 05). Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

James, A. (2017, May 04). Do we consider the person as a whole – Shawley by now? Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Jnbaldonado. (2017, April 29). Parenting is a Cultural Thing. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

J∆mes, M. (2017, May 05). How We Make Choices | Robert Sapolsky. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Kaufmann, B. K. (2017, May 05). Kayakers buoyant over resurrection of flood-ravagedHarvie Passage. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

KimViNa. (2017, May 03). Alcohol Consumption. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Lastglass. (2017, May 05). Another tale from the father and son toilet conversations: The bidet-driven society and the ‘others’ Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Marilyn. (2017, May 04). “The Only Way to Go, is To Go Back”. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Mclernon, M. (2017, May 04). Eminently Coachable. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Mdmomsblog. (2017, May 05). Happy World Laughter Day! Here’s Why Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Migreenparty. (2017, May 05). Pre-Existing Condition. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Minimalistgrandma, /. (2017, May 05). Blackberry Winter. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Mountainstomainstreetblog. (2017, May 04). Culture of being an Appalachian Trail hiker. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Nacklo. (2017, May 05). Where I’m From. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Orthobuzz.jbjs. (2017, May 05). High Rates of Return to Play and Patient Satisfaction after ACL Reconstruction. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Lowkeyblog. (2017, May 05). Diverse people & minds. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Pbrainmd. (2017, May 03). EKG findings in CNS Disorders. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Pinoytransplant. (2017, May 02). Illusive Hope. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Politicsinpink. (2017, May 05). When Trumpcare meets the Gig Economy. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Samiam7132. (2017, May 05). And we’re off… Again. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Shock culturale in Cina. (2017, April 28). Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Stephenhand2012. (2017, May 04). Introvert Power. Psychologist Laurie Helgoe. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

The Typist. (2017, May 04). Dialects. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from

Whenyouliveinvienna. (2017, May 03). Viennese Coffee Culture. Retrieved May 05, 2017, from



Research Tuesday: Culture Edition

This week’s research roundup has to do with culture. This is an interdisciplinary list. We trust that you will find these articles of some use and inspiration. NOTE: All articles listed are available on the websites of the journals listed, and some are in the public domain.
1.Becker, J. C., Kraus, M. W., & Rheinschmidt-Same, M. (2017). Cultural Expressions of Social Class and Their Implications for Group-Related Beliefs and Behaviors. Journal of Social Issues, 73(1), 158-174. doi:10.1111/josi.12209

2.Beecher, B., & Streitwieser, B. (2017). A Risk Management Approach for the Internationalization of Higher Education. Journal of the Knowledge Economy. doi:10.1007/s13132-017-0468-y

3.Bratianu, C., & Bejinaru, R. (2016). Evaluation of Knowledge Processes Within the Learning Organization. Challenges, Performances and Tendencies in Organisation Management, 125-135. doi:10.1142/9789814656023_0014

4.Katerattanakul, P., Hong, S., Lee, H., & Kam, H. (2017). The effects of web accessibility certification on the perception of companies’ corporate social responsibility. Universal Access in the Information Society. doi:10.1007/s10209-017-0532-1

5.Laskovaia, A., Shirokova, G., & Morris, M. H. (2017). National culture, effectuation, and new venture performance: global evidence from student entrepreneurs. Small Business Economics. doi:10.1007/s11187-017-9852-z

6.Lundin, R. M., Bashir, K., Bullock, A., Kostov, C. E., Mattick, K. L., Rees, C. E., & Monrouxe, L. V. (2017). “I’d been like freaking out the whole night”: exploring emotion regulation based on junior doctors’ narratives. Advances in Health Sciences Education. doi:10.1007/s10459-017-9769-y

7. Lungu, C. I., Caraiani, C., & Dascalu, C. (n.d.). Sustainable Intellectual Capital. Intellectual Capital Strategy Management for Knowledge-Based Organizations, 156-173. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-3655-2.ch009

8. Moya, M., & Fiske, S. T. (2017). The Social Psychology of the Great Recession and Social Class Divides. Journal of Social Issues, 73(1), 8-22. doi:10.1111/josi.12201

9.Rambo, L. R. (2017). Exploring Cultural Psychology: Introduction to a Book Forum on Towards Cultural Psychology of Religion: Principles, Approaches, Applications by Jacob A. Belzen. Pastoral Psychology. doi:10.1007/s11089-017-0765-1

10.Sengupta, N. K., Greaves, L. M., Osborne, D., & Sibley, C. G. (2017). The sigh of the oppressed: The palliative effects of ideology are stronger for people living in highly unequal neighbourhoods. British Journal of Social Psychology. doi:10.1111/bjso.12192

11.Sun, H. (2017). Business innovation and disruption in the music industry. Information, Communication & Society, 1-5. doi:10.1080/1369118x.2017.1301525

12. Vale, J., Branco, M. C., & Ribeiro, J. (2016). Individual intellectual capital versus collective intellectual capital in a meta-organization. Journal of Intellectual Capital, 17(2), 279-297. doi:10.1108/jic-05-2015-0044

©Allison J. Weaver Consulting, LLC 2017

Weekly Blog Roundup: Ep. 3

Welcome to the weekly blog roundup!  We hope that you have had a lovely week so far. Here are a few interesting blogs from the blogosphere this week:
1. ACGME: Clinically-Driven Standards
2. Dr. Dahlia: 24-hour Medical Intern Shift Reinstated 3.
4. Science Life:  Watch a neuroscientist explain one concept at 5 levels of difficulty
5.  Latest Science News: The hazards of English spelling
6. Medscape: Stimulants Enhance Cognitive Performance in Top Chess Players
7. Engaget: Airbnb might soon be legal in Japan
8. A Country Doctor:  EMRs are Dangerous: Let’s Change That
9. Dan Hodge: Creating a culture
10. K Brent Tomer:  Pink Floyd’s rock opera, as opera
12. Hours and Miles: Work, Culture, and Workplace Culture
13. Felipe Lima: Dois Dedos de Música com Antony Left
14. Embracing the diversity: Starting from the beginning. Bilingualism? It’s not easy.
15.Alien at Home : “TCKs in Transition”

©Allison J. Weaver Consulting, LLC 2017

Weekly Blog Roundup Ep. 2

Here are some of the most intriguing blogs from across the internet that we found this week. Enjoy! Blog perspectives listed here are not necessarily representative of our company’s viewpoints.
1. Musings of a Psych Geek: Occupational Psychology: So what exactly do you do???
2. Ariska Aditiara: CCU1
3. The Atlantic Monthly: The Internet’s Impact on Creativity: Your Thoughts
4. WEB MD: Excercise Addiction in  Men
5.  Ain’t Mine No More: 5 Lessons I’ve Learned From Connection Groups 
6. Ash James, Health and Exercise Medicine: A Day in the Life of… 
7. CraseFit: Goal Oriented Focus
8. J.S. Park: Note to self: How to Apologize 
9. Phil Heft: Changing A Company’s Culture
10. Bohemian Nation: Make A Space for Yourself
11.HayleyBrownsite: What’s Your Self-talk Like?
12. Dominic Sorace: The Neurology of Ambiguity
13. Wordsummit: Bruce Lee on the ‘Hard Part’ of Learning Language
14. Truth is Nature: True Strength
15.  KATRINA ANGELICAN – How can One be a Doctor and Still be Himself? 
16. Tiago Silva, Tales from the 1974 Lakes – The Finnish Social and Healthcare Reform
17. Su, Footprints of Burma-  Burmese Dinner Table
18.  Lillian Lee- Enjoy  the Best Cup of English Tea
19. Peter Coffaro:  A Digital Revolution in Healthcare is Speeding Up
20. Alliance health Company: Prevent Workplace Injuries

Do you have more that you’d like to share with everyone? Feel free to comment below. 

©Allison J. Weaver Consulting, LLC 2017

Resources For Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a tough topic to discuss, but continues to  be a relevant problem in the industry of healthcare today. People know about the suicides in medical schools around the world, but few know about the high rate of suicide that’s happening among practising professionals, especially physicians and surgeons. We are not Psychologist by trade, so we thought we would share some relevant articles and tips from the psychological community.

“We are currently seeing unprecedented intent to improve mental health and prevent suicide from all levels of Government, what we need to do now is channel this energy into projects and services that make a difference on the ground. The NSPA conference has shown some brilliant of examples of what can be done to prevent suicide and we must continue to be ambitious in how we tackle it…Suicide rates are still unacceptably high. We are still losing too many brothers, sisters, parents, and friends. We now have a unique opportunity to come together to enact practical, proven solutions and save lives.” – Brian Dow, co-Chair of the NSPA and Director of External Affairs at Rethink Mental Illness

To read more about this issue from the National Suicide Prevention Alliance’s perspective, please read this article: If we act now we can make a real and lasting difference to suicide prevention

Another important article published by the British Psychological Society,  called It’s OK to talk this World Suicide Prevention Day,  discusses how people are being encouraged to reach out to others when life becomes overwhelming.

PLOS is another great resource for suicide prevention and other psychological topics.

Other organisations that are excellent for providing help for those struggling with suicide are: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,  National Institute for  Mental Health, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the  Netherlands Suicide Hotline.

The last resource we’d like to provide today is the World Health Organization’s  Community Engagement Toolkit. You can download it here.

Please feel free to share this with others who may know people in need of help, and SAVE a life. 

©Allison J. Weaver Consulting, LLC 2017

Interesting Video of the Week: “How To Change the World by Telling Stories” by Mushamir Mustafa

Here’s a fascinating presentation by Mushamir Mustafa, that both raises awareness of issues, and promotes the voices of people worldwide.

What do you think of the presenter’s argument? Feel free to share your comments below. 

©Allison J. Weaver Consulting, LLC 2017

Ways to Improve Intercultural Relationships at Work

Every day, our world becomes more and more globalised, especially in the corporate sector. The medical field is one area where it’s especially noticeable due to the shortage of physicians and medical staff.

As a result, companies and hospitals are scrambling to update and implement policies to reflect the changes happening in our world. Diversity and inclusion are hard things to successfully measure, as culture is indeed deeper than people imagine. Similarly, data-driven models cannot always discern whether a company or institution has been successful at improving the culture of a workplace in these areas. Additionally, the LGBTQ community and other groups have increased their voice in societies like the United States and Canada, and have obtained more political power. A number of these changes are ones in which people have gained opportunities and platforms in society to express their worldviews in a more public way.

In many Western countries, the individual identity, lifestyle and preferences of a person have become in many cases more important than said person’s affiliation or loyalty to a larger group or cause. This has both benefits and downsides, especially as workplaces consist of teams that work to cultivate a larger company identity. Due to the wide variety of preferences and lifestyles in the world today, it’s no wonder that people are experiencing cross-cultural clashes. Gone are the days in which countries were more isolated and had fewer interactions with those outside their borders.

With that in mind, there are several practical things that a  company or institution can do to build positive environments that foster diversity and inclusion.

Here are a few dos and don ts:


  • Educate newcomers and help them integrate into your company/ institution’s culture. Talk about what your company expects, and acknowledge cultural differences.
  • Encourage team building activities, conferences and retreats.
  • Identify cost-effective methods to grow your team’s culture on a daily basis.
  • Consider feedback and questions from employees.
  • Research the cultures, perspectives, and worldviews of those around you.
  • Take time to observe and study the following in your workplace: leadership and decision-making styles, approaches to the delegation of authority,   preferences for information flow between leadership and those being led,  attitude towards women and minority groups,  life priorities at work,  formalisation, perception of feedback,  attitude towards time and deadlines,  motivational orientation, verbal and non-verbal behaviour patterns., relationships ,   socio-cultural differences,  language use and vocabulary, power distance, and uncertainty avoidance etc.
  • Ask questions to understand other peoples’ perspectives.
  •  Be patient.
  • Develop strategies for improved integration of marginalised groups.
  • Re-evaluate your promotion, recruiting, and evaluation approaches to determine if there is any cultural bias.
  • Provide ways in which employees can provide anonymous feedback about issues of diversity and inclusion.
  • Provide in-depth community and workplace support systems for those entering your workplace from other cultures or countries.
  • Evaluate your current models and tools used for departmental communication and look for weaknesses or areas lacking efficiency.
  • Look for ways to increase efficiency and decrease misunderstandings and cost during interactions between staff members and patients/clients.
  • Establish a team culture that values well-being and creates a sense of solidarity and community. This does not mean that everyone needs to agree with everyone all the time. It does, however, mean that dialogue and discussion are encouraged, and respect for others and their perspectives are valued.
  • Evaluate your procedures and management methods through the lens of your biggest minority groups.  Look for possible pitfalls, inconsistencies, and cultural barriers.
  • Encourage HR and HQ to be flexible and creative. Certain models that worked 100 years ago, may not be relevant today.
  • Promote and require professional development.
  • Create an environment of authenticity and integrity.
  • Ensure that non-native speakers of English are familiar with jargon and colloquialisms of your company. If necessary, hire a language or communication consultant to help them.


  • Rely on Cross-Cultural stereotypes.
  •  Try to figure out the culture, religion, values and beliefs of a culture solely through the lens of your own worldview.
  • Talk more than you listen.
  • Assume that you have all the answers.
  • Embrace institutional ethnocentrism or values.
  • Take a position of cultural dominance or as we like to call it, the  ‘my culture is better’  approach.
  • Provide insufficient communication to employees during periods of crisis or transition.
  • Force solutions without discerning if they are applicable,  considerate, and law-abiding.
  • Ignore dissonance between written policy and actually implemented policy at the ground level.

There are plenty of other tips, tricks and strategies we could offer and a host of resources, but your reading time is limited.  With that being said, we would recommend that you take the time to look into the scholarly research on these topics.  Also, stay tuned to our blog, as we often share free webinars interesting articles and other resources for your team.

©Allison J. Weaver Consulting, LLC 2017