American society is more individualistic than other societies. This video gives tips on how to effectively promote teamwork among colleagues with different backgrounds.
- Teamwork is recognized as fundamental in most cultures…but the different meanings and applications…that teamwork and team building have in different countries…could make life in the workplace more confusing…without more information.…Now teamwork is important in every country…but how different is this concept around the world?…Well, think about the Japanese work culture for example.…While in the U.S., individual workers…are often praised and rewarded for their result,…but in Japan, the stress is always…on the team's achievements.…
There are many more team meetings in Japan than in the U.S.…To come to a common decision about the process…to achieve goals, not only about the goals themselves.…I remember for example, when I was teaching English…in the UK to two groups of teenage students,…one from Columbia and one from Japan,…they had to complete the project within two days,…filming a horror short film in English.…They had to write the script, act, and film.…
While the Columbian group immediately went out…to start filming without a real script or plan,…
- Distinguish between time-conscious and non-time-conscious countries.
- Identify countries and cultures which have different concepts of formality and hierarchy.
- Identify countries and cultures which have different levels of comfort regarding personal space.
- List gestures that can be problematic in a multinational environment.
- Give examples of topics that are sensitive in some countries and not in others.