Team Building


Working in a multinational team presents complex opportunities and challenges. On the one hand, effective teams can identify and share best practice and expertise on a worldwide basis. On the other hand, different values, expectations and working practices can make a common vision and a way of working, very difficult to bring about. The key elements of trust, common values and decision making processes, are often problematic in an inter-cultural context. There is the added complication of different time zones, distances and languages to take into account, if the team, or part of the team is virtual i.e. not in the same location.

Research has shown that multicultural teams are more likely than mono-cultural ones to be highly effective or highly ineffective, there is rarely an in between.  However, there is now a considerable body of learning that can be used to significantly influence the likelihood of success or failure. During our 3 day workshop we address these key issues in order to help inter-cultural teams work well:

  • What are the specific requirements that may affect integration?

  • What are the differences in cultural norms within the team?

  • To what extent is communication in the common language an issue?

  • What impact does top management have on the success of the team?

  • What diversity management skills and experience do team members already have?

  • How will distance affect the dynamics of the team?

WorldWork Ltd, our associates, has pioneered a comprehensive set of tools and approaches to enable organisations to address and resolve these issues.

Key Learning Points of the Workshop

  • Understand the importance of effective relationships and how they link to personal commercial goals.

  • Understand the difference between motivation and behaviour

  • Understand how motivations drive behaviours in self and in others

  • Have a better understanding of self and how they impact on others

  • Be able to make better judgements about the behaviours of others

  • Appreciate why there is no one right way to communicate

  • Understand how and why conflicts emerge and how to reduce the potential for conflict