Cultural Awareness Mentorship Program is designed to develop attitudes, behaviors, communication styles and practices that enable managers and direct report from different cultures to effectively work together and achieve desired result.
With the growing trend of global mobility and virtual international teams the importance of intercultural skills development is bigger than ever. Unfortunately most organisations move people around or form virtual teams and force people to blindly start managing or reporting to people they do not share the same cultural values, perceptions nor attitude. Consequently cross cultural misunderstandings are significantly slowing down work, making teams disengaged and contributing to people leaving their managers and managers leaving organisations.
This program starts with participants taking a cultural values assessment which visualize the cultural values gap between the manager and direct report and from there we identify the most critical areas that need to be worked on.
The first session consist of a deeper understanding of the cultural values orientations and own cultural values map. This session lays the foundation for all the future sessions. It helps the participant to understand who they are and how they could be interpreted by other people from the different cultures.
The second session helps the participant to see the cultural gaps and understand their differences in how they build relationships, approach work and interpret the world around them using different perceptions. After this session, the manager and the direct report are encourage compare and discuss their cultural values maps and talk about some of the recent behaviors or actions that each perceived as different and how this affected their relationship and work.
Follow Up Sessions
The follow up sessions happen after the two fundamental sessions. They focus on specific cultural behaviors that could lead to serious misunderstanding and slow down work.