Multicultural Teams: Dream or Disaster?

“Multicultural Teams: Dream or Disaster?”

BOLD Speaker Event: April 21st, Palo Alto

Tuesday, April 21st – 4:00 – 6:30 pm, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, 3210 Porter Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94304

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By both necessity and design, teams are becoming increasingly multicultural, yet so often they at some stage run into significant difficulties around communication, understanding and interpretation of how best to work together effectively. Providing measurable and actionable steps to both recognise and deal with these issues is a high priority for CEOs and HR in most organizations working internationally and even for many locally.

Please join Richard Lewis, internationally acclaimed author of many books on culture including “When Teams Collide” and “Fish can’t see water”, to hear about the advances he has brought to this area though his globally respected Lewis Model. Richard is accompanied by Michael Gates an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School in Oxford UK and Vice Chairman of Richard Lewis Communications. He is an internationally recognised teacher and writer on cross-cultural management and speaks regularly at large corporate and government events. Also hear from Craig Martin and David Howells from Martin Global Leaders who apply Richard Lewis’ work on national culture with others tools on organizational culture and leadership drives to expedite the transitions of senior global executives into their new roles.

Attend and you will:

  • Hear the fascinating experiences of internationally renowned author on cross-cultural training and his practical thoughts and guidance for many organizations
  • Understand the basics of how to use 3 simple dimensions to identify features of the world’s national cultures via the Lewis Model.
  • Learn how to apply this understanding of national culture to the internal dynamics of teams and the implications for communication, influence and decision making
  • Appreciate the value of techniques for combining an understanding of national cultures with the complexities of organization cultures and the challenges facing leaders of internationally staffed organizations

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, April 21st
Time: 4:00 – 6:30 pm (program begins at 4:30pm)
Location: Jazz Pharmaceuticals, 3210 Porter Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94304
(in the Skype building next to the main lobby)

Guest Speakers

Richard D Lewis

Richard D LewisRichard D Lewis, who speaks ten European and two Asian languages, is currently Chairman of Richard Lewis Communications, an international institute of language and cross-cultural training. His book “When Cultures Collide” is regarded as the classic work on leading across cultures. He has lived and worked in several European countries and spent five years in Japan where he was tutor to Empress Nechako and other members of the Japanese Imperial Family. More recently he has been heavily involved in the intercultural field, founding companies in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Brazil, teaching communication skills in these countries as well as in Finland, Sweden, The UK and USA. He is currently cross-cultural consultant to the World Bank and in 2009 was promoted to the rank of Knight Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland.

Michael Gates

Michael GatesMichael Gates is an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School and Vice Chairman of Richard Lewis Communications. He is an internationally recognized teacher and writer on cross-cultural management and speaks regularly at large corporate and government events. In 1997 came up with the concept for the world’s first online cross-cultural assessment and cultural data resource, CultureActive, and got it implemented. It has currently got a database of around 50,000 users. He has been published in dozens of newspapers and magazines on cross-cultural matters. In 2002, he received the Most Innovative Technology Award for CultureActive at the US Center for International Business and Education conference, hosted by Duke Fuqua Business School and the University of North Carolina. Michael has an MA in English Language and Literature from St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Craig/David combo

Craig Martin and David Howells - Executive CoachesCraig Martin and David Howells have over 30 years’ experience as global leadership coaches working in blue-chip organizations. Together at Martin Global Leaders, they have developed new approaches to expedite the leadership transitions of senior executives moving between differing national and organizational cultures. Martin Global Leaders a premier global leadership development firm that partners with select executives and leadership teams as they manage complexity and diversity and develop strategies for enterprise-wide innovation in today’s global marketplace. Drawing upon the best leadership thinking and resources from around the world, Martin supports top-performing professionals that are constantly stretching themselves and seeking to do their “most important work.”