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If you frequently travel for
business, work with cross-border teams, or manage global talent, you’ve
probably had or witnessed a few awkward experiences arising from a lack of
cultural awareness or understanding.
But where do you find the
tools needed to master cultural fluency?
You can start in Dallas Texas,
USA, on 16 May 2018, during an interactive, in-person presentation of The Intercultural Challenge: Supporting Successful
International Assignments session. It’s one of Worldwide ERC®’s three-part Global
Mobility Specialist (GMS)® designation training modules. Coinciding with the Worldwide ERC® Americas Mobility Conference, it’s a cultural learning option, open to enrollment
by conference attendees and non-registrants alike.
The full day program, which
runs from 08:30 to 16:30, connects you with peers to better understand culture
differences, and how and why they developed. Delve into case studies that will reveal the key things to know about
intercultural theory and how to apply it. You can learn about the role of culture in global talent assignment
assessment and selection, how to be more effective on global teams and some of
the keys to developing global leaders.
Dean Foster, founder of DFA Intercultural Services and Executive Strategic Consultant for Dwellworks
Intercultural, will lead the
day’s instruction. He brings plenty of experience to the role, having built
a career as a researcher, writer, lecturer and consultant to multinational
clients on the nature of culture and its role in society and work. He has written
five global business books, is a regular
guest author on GoingGlobalTV.com,
and hosts the “Oops – Your Culture’s Showing” podcast.
We caught up with Dean during
some of his own recent travel around the globe to ask him a few questions about
the GMS® Module 3 training.
“Culture is a subtle, human subject – which is all the more reason
to explore it with other people. You can
certainly learn a lot from books and the online versions of the GMS®
modules, too, and the same information is presented in both the in-person and
online version of the Module 3 segment. But the insights, experiences and cultures that participants in the room
bring to the session make for a highly enriched learning experience. No two classes are alike - we all benefit
from hearing how the information presented plays out in the individuals’
real-life experiences that reflect the very differences we’re talking about.”
"Attendees leave with a plan to do things differently and
become more effective in their roles.”
“We start with an immediately interactive experience, so right
away, participants begin to see how
culture influences all of us and our interactions with one another. In my many years presenting this course, two
things stand out from the feedback we’ve had:
“As I shared in a recent Mobility magazine article, we are living in a world of hyperlinked
intercultural contact. In spite of some
of the more recent populist or nationalistic geopolitical movements we’re
seeing, globalization is not going away. There is a complicated reality of working with cultures that are
fundamentally and profoundly different, but that also share a small, thin layer
of superficially similar global work behaviors. Understanding and managing
those cultural differences remains one of the most important skills to master –
those individuals and organizations that know how to manage cultural contacts
successfully will come out ahead.”
Take the first step toward
mastering your own skills by enrolling in the 2018 Global Mobility Specialist
Module 3 course. You can earn the GMS® designation
by completing all three modules, in any order (Modules 1 and 2 are available
online) and by passing on online exam.
Learn more about how and why to earn the Worldwide
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