In working with an international firm in Madrid recently, I was reminded of
the complexities of intercultural collaboration in global teams when working with virtual working arrangements.  Although we can understand certain cultural differences in working patterns and cross-cultural communication styles, it is inevitably the little things that trip us up unexpectedly…

We should not try and view our remote individual colleagues through a telescope in stereotypical form but should look at the team as a whole, with its own specific dynamics, as though looking at a kaleidoscope. We need to understand that situations continually change and, just like looking at the pieces of coloured glass in a kaleidoscope, every rotation will bring about a new picture. The colours may be the same but the configuration is different. It cannot be predicted or controlled.  You can never know what part of a person’s culture will be brought to the fore or what challenges your organisation will throw at you but, undoubtedly, they will change the dynamics of the team – just like the colour constellation of a kaleidoscope.

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One Response to “ Global Virtual Team Collaboration ”

  1. John says:

    I absolutely love your blogs