KB 20 Culture

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Cultural Profiling Culture is the key influencing factor for individuals and the organizations. Culture across nations differs a lot, so it becomes necessary for every international manager to develop a culture-specific understanding about the countries he/she needs to operate in. The approach is to develop a cultural profile of the country with which he/she is to do business. To develop a cultural profile, one needs some awareness about the cultural variables universal to most cultures, some of which are mentioned below: - Economy

Deeksha Jawa

Deeksha Jawa, Head – Project Management, Atyaasaa Consulting Private Limited, is a post graduate in Management HR and Green Belt in Six Sigma with a background in Psychology. She has a passion for behavioural sciences and combines her knowledge of psychometric testing with her management expertise to manage projects end to end and design & develop workshops in order to meet the changing needs of busines

- Thinking - Societal cultural values - Public policy & legal framework - Social institutions - Basic personality/National character

- Politics - Values - Religion

- Association - Perception

From these universal variables, one can categorize specific differences found in each country or people and hence anticipate their implications for the workplace.

TEAM BUILDING space for everyone

Era Kukreja Era Kukreja is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration from Sadhana Centre for Management and Leadership Development, Pune. She has keen interest in studying human behaviour and their transformations.

A Team can be defined as a group of people working together to achieve a common goal. It is a process that develops cooperation and unity among team members. It has a specific objective to fulfil. Team members have to demonstrate their individual talent & function synergistically to achieve a common organization goal. Team members share responsibilities; they get involved in generation of new ideas & decision making process. They show support, respect & trust for each other & handle conflicts and indiscipline successfully. Team building is essential for competing in this competitive world. To build an effective team, the primary step is to establish common goals & the commitment of the team members to achieve those common goals. These goals should be clearly communicated to the participants. They should be aware of the purpose of their participation in the team. This helps to motivate them & build trust among them. Proactive communication makes the members feel worthy and gives them a direction to work. Moreover building an effective team also requires multiple & balanced skills. In this era of globalization, team building plays a major role in multinational companies. Differences in culture can create misunderstandings between team members. Therefore, building trust is a critical step in the creation & development of such teams. A team leader has a big role to play in team building. He should have the ability to command respect from his team members. He must be able to influence his team in positive way. Then only the purpose of ‘teams’ would get fulfilled.

“ Being globally local is the Success Mantra for which cross cultural sensitivity is a must ! ”

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