Understand how people from different cultures perceive time, and how this impacts meetings and project plans.
- Different people have different ways of addressing time.…And it has a lot to do with their cultural programming.…Polychronic cultures for example, from the word poly,…which means many, are used to doing many things at once,…not necessarily in any specific order.…In a polychronic society, people live and work…based on event time, where the clock is not as important.…Generally people from Mexico, the Philippines…and Greece would fit this type of behavior.…
In contrast, monochronic cultures, from mono,…which mean one, will focus on one task at time,…and tend to execute tasks in a specific sequence,…starting with a first step, then the next, and the next.…In addition, the clock is what drives their behavior.…Typically, people from Germany, Switzerland…and the United States fall into this category.…Most global projects need well coordinated tasks,…where teams in the different…parts of the world are synchronized.…
Therefore, agree on using a calendar…and clock time to express your milestones and timelines.…It would be a bit tough to set expectations…
- Explain how leadership behavior drives strong collaboration between team members.
- List three skills that help teams collaborate successfully.
- Name some of the negative effects that language, culture, and distance can have on a project.
- Determine how you can reduce the impact of time zones on collaboration.
- Recognize the differences between a high-context individual and a low-context individual.
- Define the terms “monochronic” and “polychronic”.