|Registration: Leading international work groups or teams: leading people from different cultural backgrounds - Postdocs and doctoral researchers at the end of their PhD|
This workshop is designed for postdoctoral researchers (and doctoral researchers at the end of their PhD) who want to advance their intercultural communciation skills for leading teams and work groups with people from different cultural backgrounds.
Multinational (research) teams have an enormous innovative and creative potential. However, communication behaviour, knowledge concepts, mindsets, time constraints and different working styles can be a source of miscommunication that in the end can be challenging for all actors involved. Team members from different cultures often have a different understanding of work processes, leadership responsibilities and task commitment or personal engagement. To successfully deal with these differences will also avoid misunderstanding or ambiguity that would draw additional energy from all team members.
As postdocs you will be responsible for different leadership responsibilities including team leadership for researchers and students from different cultures: supervising doctoral and master candidates, leading your own work group, collaborating with peers, reporting to your boss, and at the same time working on your own project. While communication with researchers from different cultures and countries at conferences and in your peer network is mostly easy communicating with people who are working for you as well as with your boss might look different in case of different cultural backgrounds. Leading a multicultural team to successful results demands intercultural sensitivity, specific intercultural communication skills and the ability to build up relationships and to establishing commitment. The development of adequate intercultural communication skills is crucial for establishing a team culture that values all team members.
In this workshop you can learn how intercultural communication competence will support you in accomplishing your leadership tasks and goals. You will acquire strategies that help you to deal with possible challenges that arise when leading an international work group. With reference to practical exercises by sharing personal experiences and looking at case studies you will improve your skills in handling work place situations in a culturally sensitive way. We will use a variety of methods and the workshop setting will follow an interactive approach
During the workshop we will find answers to the following questions:
Verena Piper is an experienced trainer in intercultural communication, psychologist and mediator. She spent several years in Canada and Mexico and runs intercultural tranings in research institutions and companies.
If you register as Postdoc please use THE REGISTRATION FORM at the end of the Postdoc page!