Don’t Let These Cultural Differences Derail Your Project

Cultural Differences

In today’s globalized business world, there’s a lot of focus on diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias. And there should be. But little attention is being paid to cultural awareness and this a huge mistake.

One area of cultural diversity for you to be aware of that can cause challenges is process-oriented vs results-oriented:

The way we set goals and work to achieve them differs depending on culture.

If a culture is process-oriented, that means they have a carefully thought out plan in place and understand how they are going to achieve the goal before they start moving towards it. If a culture is results-oriented, the plan or even the results may change as they work to achieve them–which is okay because it is all part of a greater vision.

Cultures such as American or Israeli are more results-oriented whereas cultures such as German or Russian are more process-oriented. There are pros and cons to both.

Being a results-oriented business could get results faster but not to the level of quality of a process-oriented organization.

On the flip side, being process-oriented may be more thorough and higher quality, but slower in execution than a results-oriented organization.

To learn about the other two areas, please click here to read the entire article!

 

Cultural Differences

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4 Ways to Bring Spirituality into Business

Work Life Balance

Spirituality and business. These two words seem to be at odds with one another but I want to make the argument that they shouldn’t be.

One way I’ve learned to bring my spiritual self to the workplace is to look at things positively.

Negative thoughts are a cancer and they only bring pain and drain energy. Banish them. Use positive words when talking and if something has gone wrong, analyze what it was and move forward. No one is perfect. Learn to let go of negativity. (Or as my father calls it “stop awfulizing” about things.)

To learn about the other three strategies, please click here to read the entire article!

 

Work Life Balance

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5 Secrets to Acing Your Global Presentation

Public Speaking

Presentations can be stressful and awkward. Throw in presenting to audiences from diverse cultural backgrounds and languages, and the venture is that much more challenging.

One strategy to ace your global presentation is to share a story:

Bring in family and personal experiences that show what you care about and what values you have. This helps humanize you and connect you with the audience. It’s even better if you can discuss scary or surprising details you were able to overcome. These tales are not only interesting; they can be inspiring to your audience.

To learn about the other four strategies, please click here to read the entire article!

 

Public Speaking

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