cross cultural trainingCross cultural training must be carefully tailored – those attending must feel safe to discuss elements of their culture and training materials and methods must be appropriate for learners in that culture.

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Leaning Transfer Developing Wings

By |2017-01-05T10:29:23+00:00July 21st, 2011|Categories: Learning Design, spectrain, Stories for Trainers, Training and Development, Working in the middle east|Tags: , , , |

For Khalid Al – Shammeri and the dream team in Kuwait  Three challenges confront designers of learning materials and those who deliver training.  Challenge one is linked to interest, how to turn on the learning machine and ensure that the learner is motivated to rehearse or apply the techniques. The second challenge is related to creating [...]

There is Value in Diversity Tap into it!

By |2017-01-05T10:29:23+00:00June 16th, 2011|Categories: Culture, Training and Development, Working in the middle east|Tags: , , |

In today’s economy traditional barriers to trade are diminishing and for many companies international trade is essential to their growth and success. Rapid developments in technology have made new markets accessible; however, consumers continue to prefer to deal with a workforce representative with which they can identify and many organisations just do not understand the huge [...]

How performance can deteriorate

By |2017-01-05T10:29:24+00:00June 9th, 2011|Categories: Change leadership, Culture, Working in the middle east|Tags: , , |

Amjad’s Story - How performance can deteriorate  It appeared to be an amazing opportunity at the time, I embraced it fully, enthusiastic, keen to develop, and willing to learn. Working with expatriates was different and presented some challenges, I was certain I could adapt and hoped that the expatriates would also be willing to understand my cultural [...]

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