Management Tip of the Day: Be a global collaborator

Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:19pm EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Knowing how to collaborate with people from different cultures is now a skill that all managers need, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"In our increasingly globalized world, it is essential to know how to collaborate with people from different cultures. But it's not enough to take a class or read a book.

Here are three tips for building your global savvy with culturally-diverse colleagues:

1. Be aware of your actions. Be cognizant of how people receive and interpret your behavior. Recognize that you have a different worldview and therefore a different approach to getting work done.

2. Prototype instead of stereotype. It goes without saying that stereotyping can be offensive and ineffective. Develop prototypes instead. Research the culture you'll be working with to understand typical responses or approaches, but remember there is nuance.

3. Be curious. The best way to learn is to ask questions. Invite your counterpart out for coffee or lunch and ask what it means to be a successful leader in his country."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "Be a Better Global Collaborator" by Amy Gallo.

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