Within the context of an intercultural environment, nearly everything tends to look different—teaming, communication, goal-setting, conflict resolution—you name it. Sales is no exception. Selling in a monocultural environment is one thing. In an intercultural environment, selling can look like something else entirely. And it should!
Another reason why Inter-Cultural Intelligence matters!
Again, comprehensive assessments can be useful tools! “Getting to the bottom of” your team, learning together what sort of strengths and focus areas might be influencing a team's performance both relationally and transactionally—these can be highly valuable exercises. But as useful as comprehensive assessments can be, they will inevitably cause challenges in intercultural contexts.
Are assessments helpful? Does their helpfulness depend on what construct is being assessed—e.g., personality differences, behavior styles, strengths and focus areas, etc.? Can they be as beneficial in intercultural situations as they are in mono-cultural settings? How might Inter-Cultural Intelligence and an understanding of the Three Colors of Worldview inform how we create and administer assessments?
From time to time, we share stories that illustrate lessons we have learned while facilitating workshops or developing global leaders. Our consultants and coaches certainly have not "arrived," and learning from our own and others' mistakes is part of the ongoing benefit of pursuing Inter-Cultural Intelligence Certification. Here is one of those stories—a tale of a temporary fail that happily resulted in a permanent improvement.
For at least two decades, high-performance teaming and optimal alignment have been trending in the field of team leadership and development. Leaders who can align and motivate teams to perform effectively and efficiently are always going to be in high demand.
There are multiple angles from which to look at leadership team alignment, but applying Inter-Cultural Intelligence takes it to a whole new (and increasingly necessary) level.
Exploring two approaches to conflict resolution in intercultural contexts: This is the 3rd and final part of a brief series on resolving intercultural conflict.
Exploring two approaches to conflict resolution in intercultural contexts: This is Part 2 of a brief series on resolving intercultural conflict.