Cultural Diversity


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Knowing how to successfully manage cultural diversity in this increasingly globalised world is an absolute ‘must’ for all business leaders. Cultivating Cultural Intelligence across an organisation is key to the success of any business in an international context. Managing cultural diversity is not a skill we are born with but it is a skill we can learn.

The starting point is to become more aware of our own cultural patterns. By understanding how our values and beliefs shape our behaviour we can  expand our choices to manage differences.  Our aim is not to judge but through dialogue to create greater and better options that benefit wider communities.  We go beyond cross-cultural to “transcultural” – the ability to look beyond our own boundaries and operate within those of diverse multi-cultural groups.

At Global Business Leaders we are experts in guiding leaders and their teams as they navigate the misunderstandings and misinterpretations which arise when different cultures collide.

  • "It is not so much the learning of new things that is uncomfortable, but in the unlearning of things that have become quite comfortable "
    Kate Barado

Here are some examples of our customized programmes:

  • Individual Executive Coaching
  • Coaching Skills for Managers
  • Working with Emotional Intelligence
  • International Communication Skills
  • Leadership Development (Leading Self, Leading Teams, Leading Change)
  • Leading in a VUCA World
  • Outstanding Global Virtual Teams
  • Working Successfully across Cultures
  • Values-based Cultural Transformation in Organisations
  • Large Group Event Facilitation

 

Here are some examples of our customized programmes:

  • Individual Executive Coaching
  • Coaching Skills for Managers
  • Working with Emotional Intelligence
  • International Communication Skills
  • Leadership Development (Leading Self, Leading Teams, Leading Change)
  • Leading in a VUCA World
  • Outstanding Global Virtual Teams
  • Working Successfully across Cultures
  • Values-based Cultural Transformation in Organisations
  • Large Group Event Facilitation

Culture General & Specific Events

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Managing diversity is probably one of the most important skills we will ever want to learn because dealing with difference is something we face constantly in our international business lives.  Our challenge is to find ways of dealing with cross-cultural differences so that we can increase our chances of making a real connection to establish trust with people who apparently seem so different and thereby increase performance effectiveness.  In our programmes, we sow the seed for increased cross-cultural awareness and offer practical and effective ways to meet the challenges we encounter.  By recognising differences and valuing similarities we can maximize the potential of diversity to achieve excellent outcomes.

We offer culture specific as well as culture generic programmes.  The ”Culture” focus may be a blend of organisational or professional/functional as well as national.

Here are some examples of our work:

Working with the Swedes (for Italians). Working with the British (for Germans).  Working with Scandinavians.  Cross-Cultural Communication for Corporate Communications.  Leading Across Cultures for Bank Managers (multi-national participants of a global bank).  International Communication Skills for Healthcare Professionals.  Understanding Indians (for Dutch IT Specialists).

  • "Learning to work with, and understand, cultures is not the sole responsibility of leaders; it is the responsibility of everyone within an organization."
    Mai Moua

 

Relocation Briefings & Expat Coaching

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If you work with people of different nationalities, you are probably aware that cultural differences add another dimension to business dealings which are already very complex. Many studies show that cross-cultural training can increase the effectiveness and productivity of people involved in international business.

The awareness of your own preferences and norms is a vital starting point to developing cross-cultural competence. Cross-cultural training aims to develop cultural self-awareness, as well as the skills and attitudes required to help participants form more rewarding relationships with their international business partners.

We help prepare clients who are in the process of relocating to another culture, to support them while they are there, and sometimes on their return too.

 

  • "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step"
    Lao Tzu

Here are some examples of our customized programmes:

  • Individual Executive Coaching
  • Coaching Skills for Managers
  • Working with Emotional Intelligence
  • International Communication Skills
  • Leadership Development (Leading Self, Leading Teams, Leading Change)
  • Leading in a VUCA World
  • Outstanding Global Virtual Teams
  • Working Successfully across Cultures
  • Values-based Cultural Transformation in Organisations
  • Large Group Event Facilitation

 

Here are some examples of our customized programmes:

  • Individual Executive Coaching
  • Coaching Skills for Managers
  • Working with Emotional Intelligence
  • International Communication Skills
  • Leadership Development (Leading Self, Leading Teams, Leading Change)
  • Leading in a VUCA World
  • Outstanding Global Virtual Teams
  • Working Successfully across Cultures
  • Values-based Cultural Transformation in Organisations
  • Large Group Event Facilitation

Working Successfully across Cultures

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We can all work well with people who are similar to us, who think, act and talk as we do, and who share the same values and beliefs. But when we work with partners from different cultural backgrounds, it can sometimes be much more difficult. Understanding how cultures differ, and being able to recognise how these differences impact our everyday work, can help us to relate better to individuals. Cultural diversity has huge potential – if managed well. It also has its risks, if not. This becomes apparent when miscommunication occurs and working morale suffers. By raising awareness of our own preferences and norms and how these differ to those of our international partners, we are more able to understand one another. Improved working relationships are the result.

Do you want to raise awareness of the importance of working successfully across cultures?

GBL offers generic and specific cross-cultural programmes.

Many clients book us to run sessions at internal meetings and conferences or client events.

  • "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes"
    Marcel Proust