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Managing Multicultural Diversity

International management or Multicultural management is a result of globalization and the movement of people around the globe. As the international trade worldwide increases more and more companies will go global. Going global is equal to establishing local offices and coming into contact with individuals who have different national and corporate cultures. The challenge for managers is how do we create a performing mix out of all those different people with different languages and different opinions, perceptions and biases. 

Managers in a multicultural environment are dealing with so many factors and it is impossible to solve every single problem that you encounter. The most important is the attitude to the problems. My biggest asset was I am a very good listener and I think before I speak. Female characteristics tend to work better when dealing with Cultural diversity at any level in an organisation being it Senior Management or Team management.

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Multicultural Diversity

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Each and every team member brings in a vast background of learned behaviours, skills, opinions, and biases. The challenge is how to create teams out of such a vast array of unique individuals. Even though a lot of effort is put in education managers to be open minded to cultures and to earn the sensitivities of each culture there is no one universal handbook for the manager on how to manage a complete culture set of a group of individuals. 

In managing teams there are some basic truths that will fit to any team wherever in the world. A team is a mix of individuals with different skills but they all share the same two things and that is a passion for what they do and the wish to get it done.

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Working in a multicultural environment means that you need to be sensitive to perceptions for the most part as you are not dealing with cultures in the form of clothing and dancing but your are dealing with opinions, characters, influences given forward through generations and corporate cultures often build up over many years.

In managing teams there are some basic truths that will fit to any team wherever in the world. A team is a mix of individuals with different skills but they all share the same two things and that is a passion for what they do and the wish to get it done.

The key idea is to get the job done and make a profit. The way to get the job done is to manage a diversity of perceptions of a group of humans by assuring that the passion for the work and the will to get it done comes first without that you let differences prevail.

When looking beyond issues the advice to all future managers is; prepare by sharing experiences, networking and develop your cultural intelligence!