The GlobeSmart Profile (GSP) is a cultural awareness tool. It helps individuals understand their own preferences and tendencies for interacting with others, and allows for comparisons with other individuals as well as with other cultures. It is meant to start discussions about the impact of culture on our preferred style of engaging with others.
The instrument places both individuals and cultures on a scale with five dimensions:
- Independent – Interdependent
- Egalitarianism – Status
- Risk – Certainty
- Direct – Indirect
- Task – Relationship
The GlobeSmart Profile is not a diagnostic tool, but it is a useful way to begin discussions with your colleagues or students about the impact of culture on your preferred styles of engaging with others.