The economic reality in the 21st Century?
Companies do business with partners (from) all over the world!
For effective leaders that means working with talented people from different national and cultural backgrounds in order to benefit from their know-how and experience. That’s the only way to ensure that your international projects – no matter how big or small – are successful!
How can you make sure that your intercultural teams work remains goal-oriented and can be accomplished without unnecessary friction?
Your team not only has to be sensitized in advance to possible sources of irritation, misunderstandings and conflicts. It’s even more important that they’re able to identify and define common values as the basis for a successful working relationship!
Identifying your values!
Every society is held together by values that give order to the actions and interactions of the people who live there. We learn these values on our parents’ knees, so to speak. As adults we often don’t have to think consciously about them anymore. But the differences in values from culture to culture and group to group can lead to unexpected tension and unnecessary friction in a working relationship!
Intercultural coaching supports employees in finding and solidifying their team identity by facilitating them in
- finding their commom communicative denominators
- defining the desired tonality in their interaction with one another
- preparing techniques for successful conflict solution
Step 1: Understanding your own values
- What social valuues influence your actions and expectations in the work environment?
- What values are important for the organization?
- How are those corporate/organizational values communicated and brought to life?
Step 2: Learning to understand the values of others
- How are the work-related (and work-relevant!) values of the members of the team different from one another?
- What stereotypes are held regarding each other’s cultures?
- What is the real meaning of common terms (e.g. punctuality, loyalty, precision) in each culture?
Step 3: Analyzing the effects of cultural differences in the business context
What are the culturally influenced practices regarding:
- leadership and motivation
- conflict solution
and what guidelines will be valid for the team?
Interculture coaching helps individuals in a team identify their own values more consciously, as well as learn about and better understand the values of other team members. This increased dual transparency broadens the horizons of each member of the team – as well as the team as a whole! By creating a common level of expectation concerning the quality of work, the interaction with one another, as well as defining techniques for solving conflicts give your team a tangible framework to achieve success!
Does this workshop address a relevant issue within your organization?
Contact us to schedule an appointment for a confidential meeting about the individual benefits of intercultural coaching for your team/organization!