Working in the Middle East has been a pleasure for Spectrain. We have designed and delivered training programmes for a number of organisations in the Middle East including oil and gas companies, pharmaceuticals, telecoms. We have always been made most welcome when working in the middle east.

The Culture Lens

By |2019-02-03T16:34:42+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Culture, spectrain|Tags: , , |

What aspects of a person’s workplace behaviour can be attributed to their culture? Could it be that people of different cultures are essentially similar and their behaviour is influenced by organisational constraints and management action rather than by cultural characteristics?   Culture influences the behaviour of all individuals and groups within an organisation. It has an [...]

The Story of the Lebanese Tailor

By |2019-02-01T19:20:26+00:00September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Culture, Stories for Trainers, Training and Development|Tags: , , |

A lawyer and a Lebanese tailor are sitting next to each other in an airport lounge. The lawyer is thinking that Lebanese people are so dumb that he could get one over on them, easily. So the lawyer asks if the Lebanese would like to play a fun game. The Lebanese tailor is tired and just [...]

Culture Crimes and Cultural Lip Service

By |2017-01-05T10:29:10+00:00January 21st, 2013|Categories: Culture, Working in the middle east|Tags: , |

History is littered with examples of organisations that have underestimated the strength of cultural conditioning paying superficial lip service to cultural integration and these Culture Crimes have  resulted in failures in strategic alignment, communications and delays in execution of plans which impacts returns on investment. This story describes an example of one organisation in the engineering [...]

Cultural Barriers to Learning and Knowledge Transfer

By |2019-02-01T10:17:39+00:00June 8th, 2012|Categories: Training and Development, Working in the middle east|Tags: , |

As a designer of learning and development solutions I am concerned with how cultural barriers impact learning and knowledge transfer. This knowledge enables me to recommend and implement successful learning transfer strategies and pre-post learning support initiatives to overcome Cultural Barriers to Learning and Knowledge Transfer Individualistic and Collective Cultures Individualistic cultures or low power distance cultures are characterised [...]

Stakeholder Engagement Strategy with Hindsight

By |2019-10-06T15:33:40+00:00October 27th, 2011|Categories: Change leadership, Culture, Working in the middle east|Tags: , |

There you were during the pre-project planning, identifying costs and time-scales  manpower requirements and scheduling activities that would lead to the successful and timely completion of the project. Sure, there were some conflicts and some areas of discomfort while scenario planning, forecasting identifying risks. Somebody asked about an engagement strategy as a guide to working with a variety [...]

Media Misdemeanours in the Middle East

By |2019-02-01T11:05:20+00:00September 17th, 2011|Categories: Culture, Learning Design, spectrain, Working in the middle east|Tags: , , , , |

While developing a competency framework for a large telecoms provider in the Middle East I was interviewing middle managers who occupied a range of roles. One manager was involved in marketing the organisations products and services. An aspect of our conversation focused upon advertising and the challenge of appealing to a variety of market segments in [...]

Management Effectiveness – Zero – Entertainment Value – Costly

By |2017-01-05T10:29:22+00:00August 9th, 2011|Categories: Culture, Human Resource Management, spectrain, Stories for Trainers, Training and Development|Tags: , , |

A True Story In a place far, far away there is an organisation whose managers had been dropping like flies, Bitter battles between share holders, some, unencumbered with the burden of intelligence had contributed to this situation. I bit my tongue, and watched the procession of comings and goings. One day I arrived on site to [...]

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