Connect! Working International – cultural differences
Working internationally challenges your worldviews, your ways of being and doing. Existing routines are called into question, and feelings can run high. Learning how to behave in a new cultural group is like learning to write with your other hand. The key is in how to deal with the cultural dynamics. A cultural intelligent person has the ability to apply his or her personal style of working and leadership in a way that is appropriate to a specific cultural context. Emotional intelligence applied in different cultural environments. With creativity and pragmatism. With realism and optimism. Celebrating the differences.
Focus and topics to choose from:
So much to tell, learn and share around working internationally. Most of our lectures at this (Dutch) website apply to the international context and can also be delivered in English. Visit our English website of The Culture Academy to learn more our international activities. In the lectures and master classes below we’ll focus mainly on the cultural differences between people in their ways of communication, leadership and working styles.
Topics we can include:
- intercultural communication
- different leadership styles across cultures
- power and ranking
- cultural different perceptions on: time, tasks, locus of control, feedback,..
- importance of rituals
- anthropological meaning of culture
- typical Dutch
- inclusive decision-making
- boundary spanning leadership
- diversity & inclusion
- global leadership
- international teamwork
English or Dutch
Keynote: 30 – 90 minutes, 10 – 5000 people
The potential of cultural dynamics.
An up-tempo and inspiring keynote, about how to release the potential power of (cultural) differences. You will hear about cultural differences, boundary spanning leadership, inclusive decision-making and the impact of power and ranking on cultural dynamics. The 8 inclusion principles will be our guideline. Depending on your needs, we will decide on the specific focus. Empowering, exotic and down to earth, idealistic and pragmatic. Not to be missed.
Master class: half day to a full day, 10 – 5000 people
We offer a variety of possibilities to make this keynote into a master class. The keynote will be the theoretic backbone, followed up by interactive activities. The type of activities and working methods are always tailored to your needs, the cultural preferences of the group and the practical possibilities of the venue. Number of participants: 10 to 5000 participants, unless otherwise indicated.
1. Master class: Working together across cultures. 18 – 100 people
Following the keynote lecture, participants will be immersed in a simulation in which they are confronted in a very lively way with the effects of difference. The simulation will be debriefed and discussed effectively on the basis of our Cultural Stepping Stones model. A powerful way of learning about each other, ourselves and cultural dynamics.
2. Master class: Rhythms of cultures, 18 – 50 people
In this master class, we investigate cultural different communications styles and how this effect our ways of influencing, giving feedback, leading meetings and writing emails. The way we explore these differences is unique: we use the universal language of music. Get ready to join us on a musical voyage of discovery, based around the Richard Lewis’ cultures model.
3. The successful D&I program: uTalent – make the mix work
To really improve diversity and inclusion in companies, we developed a program called ‘uTalent – make the mix work’. This program is based on our 8 inclusion principles. We offer a series of 4 master classes 4 and / or a series of 4 workshops. The master classes focus on the strategic issues around diversity and inclusion; how to achieve greater diversity and create a (more) inclusive work culture. Suitable for strategic leadership and HR, diversity managers. The workshops deal with the same themes, but focus on the cooperation within teams. The uTalent program uses specially developed films based on the inclusion principles, stories, exercises, music, reflection and cases to jump start discussion. An unique program that moves people and changes collective thinking on diversity and inclusion. Only if you are ready for real change.