Guiding Principles facilitating intercultural interactions

“How did your company prepare you for your stay abroad?” That was my (rhetorical) question in the workshop.

From my point of view, it is still underestimated in companies how important a cultural attunement is as preparation, even for shorter stays abroad of just a few weeks.

I was a guest at the Provadis School of Management and Technology to spend a day with 6th semester business students on aspects of intercultural leadership. The students are already working in their company. And some of them had already spent some time abroad before the dual study program.

A good basis for the topic.

It was about the four Guiding Principles, which facilitate intercultural interactions and promote the performance of intercultural teams.

✳️ Inclusive language use. You don’t need to be a talented linguist to do this, but you should know a few basics.

✳️ “Cultural mapping” against stereotypes. This is not a contradiction. However, there are a few rules to follow.

✳️ Learning together as a team. This is a process that takes time and creativity. Growth is the order of the day, a growth mindset.

✳️ Connecting. It’s about recipes and ingredients, how to create the basis for cultural success factors. It’s about storytelling, small talk and building bridges.

It was an exciting and interactive lively discussion. And with tips that make it easier to work in intercultural teams. And by the way – as windfall profit – the learnings can be applied and tried out in general on travel.

I really enjoyed this workshop and hopefully gave the students some insights and aha moments for their professional tasks.

➡️ And what about you? How do you prepare your employees for leadership tasks in intercultural teams?

If you are interested, feel free to follow #Prepare4Landing or contact me directly. I’m Bernd Scharbert and my task as a mentor and facilitator for leaders and executives is to support them, that globally composed and intercultural teams have the opportunity to grow to their next performance level.

Thanks to Hannes Utikal, who had the idea to approach me for this topic.

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