by Dorie Clark

Just as we become habituated to a country’s culture — we know the “right answer” when someone asks us how we’re doing, or which topics are off-limits with casual acquaintances — the same thing happens in corporate life. We develop an unwritten understanding of how interactions should go, and it can be jarring when we trip across unexpected fault lines. Here are four strategies that can help ease your transition into a new environment.

  1. Solicit opinions before offering your own.
  2. Recognize that a mandate for change has limits.
  3. Identify a “cultural mentor.”
  4. Control your narrative.