When Teams Collide: Managing the International Team Successfully

April 26, 2012|
When Teams Collide: Managing the International Team Successfully by Richard D. Lewis
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"This book is a MUST for every business team leader who plans to start doing business in a new cross-cultural environment." - Markku Vartiainen OBE, President, Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce

International teams are rapidly becoming the central operating mode for global enterprises. They are often agile and perceptive, know local markets better than HQ does, lead innovation and exploratory ventures, and are more culturally aware than their parent company.

But how much autonomy should they be allowed? How can we get things done with colleagues who have different worldviews? How can we strike a balance between core values and the necessary diversity - and is diversity within the team a strength or a hindrance? What is the role of the team leader in all of this? How do you establish team trust? How important is team humor? Who decides the team''s ethics? What misunderstandings can arise in a virtual team, lacking face-to-face contact?

In answering these and other questions, Richard D. Lewis draws on 30 years experience mediating with hundreds of international teams in two dozen countries. Generously illustrated with explanatory diagrams,When Teams Collideanalyses profiles of 24 different nationalities and suggests how they should be led for best results. Commenting on vital considerations of leadership, team trust, ethics and humor, the author also evaluates the relationship between teams and HQ. Applying the cultural concepts in the bestsellingWhen Cultures Collidespecifically to team leadership, this is a wide-ranging and compelling account of how to handle what is a difficult and sensitive task.
Richard Lewis is the chairman of Richard Lewis Communications, an international institute of cross-cultural and language training with offices in over 30 countries. He founded the quartely magazineCross Culturein 1989 and is heavily involved in the intercultural field, lecturing in countries from Finland to Hong Kong and working with c...
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Title:When Teams Collide: Managing the International Team Successfully
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:228 pages, 9.25 X 6 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:228 pages, 9.25 X 6 X 1 in
Published:April 26, 2012
Publisher:Mobius
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781904838357

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