Learn a dimension that explains how people behave when the boss is in the room and how power distance affects decisions and execution.
- Power distance is a cultural dimension…that describes how people behave…when the boss is in the room.…It's about the type of respect for the boss…his or her reports will have…and the influence the boss has on his or her reports.…To illustrate, here's a situation.…During a virtual call,…our team in the US was meeting to coordinate…with a large delegation of Japanese colleagues.…One of the Americans started to ask questions…requesting data related to a project we were working on.…
He had the list of participants,…so he addressed directly the Japanese quality engineer…and the person in charge of supply chain.…We knew they could hear us, but no one was responding.…Finally, their boss, the Japanese general manager,…kicked in, had a quick internal dialogue with his team,…and only then they started to respond.…People in the US are generally considered…low power distance,…which means they have a very egalitarian…relationship with their boss.…
In contrast, in a high power distance society like Japan,…there's a high deference to the boss,…
- 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”.