Be culture savvy to work effectively in the global office
Several European countries fall in the “emotionally unexpressive and confrontational” quadrant - Germans leading the pack and perhaps conforming to the ‘non-emotional at work’ stereotype. Asian giants Japan and Korea are the flip side of this sentiment - the study says they are emotionally unexpressive and avoid confrontation. This is perhaps due to the collectivist and hierarchical nature of those societies.
Preparing to face Your counterpart
Chart: Determine how you deal with your counterpart based on where they come from
On the proactive side, product leaders must not forget to work on their own communication skills. IPL’s curricula incorporate vital communication and executive presence courses with our top faculty - Prof. Pinkesh Shah’s Advanced Presentation Skills courses, Prof. Vishy’s Communications classes and Prof. Ameen Haque’s storytelling for business sessions are invariably packed by students and alumni eager to build or refresh their skills. Shareathon showcased the presentation and communication skills of many alumni, as they spoke about a wide variety of topics and experiences.
Understanding the nuances of cross-cultural communication and using the rules appropriate for your setting can go a long way in making meetings and presentations effective. Do your homework before your next big meeting!