Cross Cultural Awareness - For The Workplace

Your workplace is Kenyan, but you are not. Or your workplace is multicultural and your colleagues are from everywhere. During lunch time, you will hear Kiswahili, French, English, and 2 other languages. More intriguing than the language though, is the fact that your colleagues always seem to have different priorities. Their planning is short term, while yours always has been long term. You wonder about the right way to approach your boss, since you come from a low-power-distance society, but she doesn't.

If the above resonates with you, this course is for you!

Working with colleagues from other countries and cultures can be an interesting, enriching, challenging or even a frustrating experience. Understanding the role of culture in your workplace can help you to get the best out of your team and enjoy the workplace more. Using so-called cultural dimensions, this training will give you an awareness of the intercultural challenges that multi-cultural teams face. It gives you the opportunity to enhance cultural sensitivity and competency and provides you with practical tools to reduce cross cultural misunderstanding. It will result in more positive cross cultural working relationships.

Course content

This course includes the following topics:

  • - Hierarchy (power distance)
  • - Individualism vs. collectivism
  • - Task orientation vs. person orientation
  • - The level of uncertainty avoidance
  • - Long term orientation vs. short term orientation
  • - Practical guidance on doing business in Kenya
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