Even when English is used as the common business language, with teams who are relatively fluent, there is still huge scope for misunderstandings which hamper team cohesion and effectiveness. There are many layers of meaning that filter and distort your message according to a person's:-
Who needs it?
Each culture, be it racial, national, familial, professional, or religious creates its own set of values & beliefs (and these are interpreted differently by each individual in that group). They create strict ideas about what is polite, desirable, acceptable etc. Apparently simple constructs such as Time, which we take totally for granted, can become positively Einsteinian in their complexity when interpreted by different cultures. This is the kind of thing that underlies a lot of racial stereotypes about how different nationalities behave and without gaining a true understanding of these issues, cross-cultural working is a minefield.
Outcomes:We can help you & your team to explore these murky waters & develop:-
Unpacking these deceptively complex constructs, which appear simple is a vital and valuable investment in your team's performance. If you want to get the very best from your multicultural team (and reality every team is multicultural,) you need to create the right environment in which everyone is enabled to contribute and succeed.
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Only one other organisation I know could have designed and facilitated this so well ... and they no longer exist - Senior Cap Gemini Consultant
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I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors. - Thomas Jefferson