Issue #28: Let's Talk About the Weather
I have been doing a little reading recently on the topic of cross-cultural management (managing teams in ways that consider differences in cultures, practices and preferences).
Although I am no expert on culture in any shape or form (particularly not the type involving a petri dish), I found the concept intriguing especially as it helped explain why an agnostic upbringing by the most amazing (but notoriously strict) dragon mum via the French education system and stints in the sunny climes of Malaysia and (less sunny) France may not necessarily have prepared me for the bright lights of London's 'city' culture.
According to HBR
, now that businesses are increasingly global and multicultural, it is no longer enough to know how to lead in a particular way - you have to know how to manage up and down the cultural spectrum and be flexible enough to adapt your style to the culture at hand. But research
indicates that finding yourself confronted with a different culture without the tools to deal with it can make you feel uncomfortable, anxious, embarrassed, inauthentic and frustrated. As a result, many people avoid these situations altogether.
Fear not, however, as in this issue we explore how cross-cultural differences can be measured, how they can manifest themselves at work and get some (rather telling) tips from our overseas friends on how best to handle those awkward cross cultural moments.
We also check in on Mr Smith on his return from the office ski trip and explore what manvertising during the Super Bowl says about men's new role in America
in our Men's Corner.
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