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

What aspects of a person’s workplace behaviour can be attributed to their culture? Lets take a look through the culture lens to understand the impact of a dominant culture Could it be that people of different cultures are essentially similar and their behaviour is influenced by organisational constraints [...]

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Culture Crimes and Cultural Lip Service

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 [...]

Cultural Barriers to Learning and Knowledge Transfer

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 [...]

Stakeholder Engagement Strategy with Hindsight

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 [...]

Media Misdemeanours in the Middle East

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 [...]

Management Effectiveness – Zero – Entertainment Value – Costly

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 [...]

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