Amy Choi writes a very insightful article on TED ideas on decision making across different cultures like the American (Typical), Asian and Amish. I believe this article is a good primer to begin observational insights to other cultures and finding the little things which make a big difference.
The American Says;
Give me personal autonomy or give me death.
The Amish Says;
Belonging, not choice, is crucial.
The Asian Says;
Focus on interdependence and harmony, not independence and self-expression.
While these one liners may be too stereotypical for most people, it underlies the values built upon it and the outcomes we see today is a mix up of many of these ideas on personal choice which can be applied in so many fields of business, social and governments.
Read the full article here