What do you need to know about challenging international collaborations?
What must change when you work abroad or in multicultural teams?
Are some people better equipped than others to perform on the international arena?
What should you do if you suspect that low performance might be rooted in cross-cultural misunderstanding?
Which activities can trigger problems during international collaborations?
Here are few questions that decision makers regularly ask me....
The ubiquity of international collaborations makes it necessary to share the answer to these questions with a larger audience. I hope you will enjoy and reflect on the posts. Feel free to get
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We live in an interconnected world where multicultural teams have increasingly become the norm.
That means that today , even an home based organization recruits expatriates or sends some of his national staff on short or on long term mission abroad. Negotiating a contract, taking part to a trade show or managing a project in a foreign country… these are some examples of how business is conducted today;
For very long, that sort of interactions was referred to as ‘international’ and organizations were mainly focused on ensuring their staff got the appropriate languages skills to effectively working in the international arena.
Experience has taught that languages skills are just insufficient to succeed during internationalization. Surprisingly, even nationals from foreign descent appeared not to be better equipped than any other national when transferred in the country of their origin!
Learning has been painful in this field as it is through the analysis of failures that organizations have slowly realized how much cultural differences were under-estimated when approaching the job to be done.
Today most result-oriented organizations understand how critical it is to engage their staff into an intercultural preparation.
The perception of the needs is however still very poor with many organizations unaware of WHO needs to build intercultural skills.
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