3 Ideas on how to avoid being a micromanager

We all know these bosses – they need to know every detail of what is happening, they need to have the final say on just about everything. Unfortunately chances are that you and me are the same. Trusting in your team, and letting them find the solutions, can be extremely difficult. Especially if it is your own business that we are…

Creating a culture of trust within culturally diverse teams

In their book “The agile culture“, Pixton, Gibson, and Nickolaisen pose an interesting dilemma: while leaders believe that their followers needed guidance was what their subordinates needed the most, subordinates generally said what they most wanted from their leaders was trust. Their argument is that we have to move away from a culture of command-and-control, towards a culture of providing our…

Top 3 Cultural Challenges in Virtual Teams

Cultural challenges are one of the five major issues when working in virtual teams as identified by Sebastian Baileys on Forbes. When expatriates come to a different country, they face rough challenges in terms of communicating with local co-workers. In virtual teams, the situation is far more difficult than that. Team members are not even able to experience the different cultural…

Not all people can adapt, but you can!

Recently I talked to a friend of mine who manages teams of engineers. We came to have a chat about foreign engineers and their challenges in terms of working in a team in the Australian context. One of these challenges, he said, is that they are sometimes not able to adapt to the local work environment. He used the example…

On maintaining face in intercultural negotiations

There are many dangerous perceptions around the concept of face. Some people think face is only relevant in Asian countries… in western countries, something like face doesn’t exist. As long as I don’t insult someone on purpose, everything is fine. ‘Facework’ is something bad, because I hide behind a mask and don’t act like myself for the sake of being polite……

What “Hey Mate!” really means – go beyond the obvious.

If you ever lived in Australia, you will have heard it a thousand times: “hey mate!”, or the almost stereotypical “G’day mate!”. A lot of migrants adapt to this quite quickly, and start saying it themselves. It is one of the most obvious cultural behaviours to adopt, simply because we hear it so many times. The same goes for words…

How Culturally Sensitive Are you?

Hey Guys! It’s time for a bit of a self-assessment. How culturally sensitive are you really? The most common model for looking at how sensitive people are to cultural differences is the so called ‘developmental model of intercultural sensitivity’ which classifies people into six categories. So, let’s not talk too much and just get going! Stage one: denial Do you feel like…

How to Build Inclusive Cross-Cultural Teams

The Kaleel Jamision consluting group, diversity management consultants, have created an incredibly powerful framework on how to leverage diversity in the workplace. In the course of this blog article, I will give you a quick overview of their key points. 1. Create a safe environment This means getting rid of the all so common office politics. You need to create…