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Managing Without Walls: Maximize Success with Virtual, Global, and Cross-Cultural Teams by Kevin Wegryn, Colleen Garton

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Building Teamwork in a Global Environment

Building a successful global team requires recognizing and understanding some of the key cultural differences among team members. How do you do this? Start by asking everyone on the team what they know about the other cultures and what they think is important to each culture. Each team member can also talk about what is important to him or her.

You could have a brainstorming session with your team, during which members write down their ideas and discuss them, or you could meet more informally to talk about it. It is recommended that you document what you discuss. The team should talk about every point that is raised, so that everyone has a common understanding of why an opinion or stereotype exists, and ...

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