There is no single management tool that can work in the global landscape. Learning to adapt the management style of our home culture to that of our multinational team is the prerequisite to success. Thanks to Richard Lewis, we’ve got some fantastic tools to help us take the first step. Take a look at how leadership style differs across cultures and countries with these fantastic leadership style diagrams.
The American market for almost everything is huge, but there is far more purchasing power outside the U.S. For businesses that are ready to “go global,” the world is their oyster. But “going global” requires adapting to new markets, new business practices, and different ways of managing relationships. This short video shows how there’s more to it than translating packaging or hiring an exporter.
Identity is core to a person’s view of self image. It’s how we perceive ourselves in relationship to our family, associates, and friends. Some cultures focus on individual goals, while others prioritize the well-being of the group over the individual. This articles explores Roy’s story, and shows how misunderstanding business cultural practices can mean lost employees.
Do we get right down to business, without knowing much about the other person, or do we build a strong and trusting relationship, only talking about business after we know each other well? How you answer this question depends on your business culture. Engagement styles can be venture driven or relationship driven. Knowing how to engage with your partner is essential — because using the wrong style means your business will never get off the ground.
How you feel when kept waiting in the conference room for the other team? Are they late, rudely wasting your time — or are they instead thoughtfully giving you a few extra minutes to prepare? Understanding time orientation means knowing how to build a healthy organization — one that supports the time orientation of its employees, without sacrificing necessary business goals. Does your culture view time as more fluid, a resource that is infinite? Or is timeliness and meeting deadlines of critical importance?
When your multinational team isn’t communicating effectively, it’s time to look for deeper problems. Bad communication is the tip of the iceberg: It usually indicates deeper issues. This third article in our series on International Success explores the topic: What to expect when it comes to fallout from bad communication, and a few ideas on what to do to avoid problems.
Many Western cultures thrive on very low power distance principles. Since most of today’s modern management theory has come directly from the West, this means these theories work great in Western cultures but tend to have problems in the East. The Global Project Compass™ examines 27 project management dimensions and how they are affected by business culture.
Multinational teams present new challenges for the International manager. There are logistics problems, and business culture clashes. Team dynamics play a huge factor in management style, objectives, and capabilities. This six-part article exposes challenges, and the path to a culture of success.