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Managing Confrontation in Multicultural Teams

by Bare Brilliance

Everyone knows that a little confrontation from time to time is constructive, right? And the classic business literature confirms it.

Patrick Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team, for example, discusses at length how to achieve the right amount of confrontation for ultimate team effectiveness — and concludes that fear of conflict is one of the five major barriers to success. It was a bestseller in the U.S. But what if you come from a culture where confrontation is downright rude? Or what if you just happen to have people from such cultures on your team? The fact is that all-American teams — or mono-cultural teams of any nationality — are becoming a thing of the past (except in the classic business literature).

The Learning Factor conducts Cross Cultural  Training Programs for some of the world’s leading companies. If you are looking to grow your business in AsiaPacific, this type of program should be a mandatory course for teams. We run this course in face-to-face sessions or virtually in the comfort of your own office or home.

Learn more about our one day program – “Cross Cultural Collaboration”.