Keeping a virtual team aligned is challenging. Part of the challenge is the relational distance that comes from people working in different locations and time zones.
We have found that in different cultural settings behavioral traits can be shaped very differently.
Reliability, Openness, Respect, and Honesty. These are words we commonly use to talk about building trust on a team.
Working to build Social Capital creates strong teams in almost every culture on the planet.
Inter-Cultural Facilitation with the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™, part 2 of 5
Inter-Cultural Facilitation with the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™, part 1 of 5
Be honest. How does your intercultural team function together? Are you mapping out your objectives and accomplishing what you set out to do? Are you all satisfied with your individual and collective contributions? Are you seeing success? Do you enjoy collaborating? Do you thrive when working together?
Mobility is the modern trend for the global workforce, so intercultural teams are becoming less of a novelty and workforce mobility is becoming the status quo. More organizations than ever before are living out a day-to-day reality of face-to-face intercultural team dynamics.
A thriving Organizational Culture must be cultivated. Like a gardener who ties a seedling to a pole, you can encourage the growth of your OC in the right direction.
Culture is not driven by a list of values and their definitions. Behavior drives culture. You must take your organization on a journey to discover together which behaviors you would like to pursue as the embodiment of your organization's values.
Alignment within your team or organisation requires concern for your personnel (Relational Excellence). But what do you do when the improvement of your processes and systems (Transactional Excellence) is just as critical to your organization?
To thrive in today’s global world, it is necessary to strive toward both Relational Excellence and Transactional Excellence. However, this often sets a culture-shifting pendulum in motion.
As we explained in Part 1, having engaged the services of a terrific web development company who mapped out and carefully documented all our requirements ahead of time according to our specifications, we were very hopeful until things unexpectedly fell apart, both transactionally and relationally.
This story took place several years ago. We had just made the decision to build our brand by enhancing our online presence.
Building trust among intercultural team members