Building Cross-Cultural Competence Key to Success Abroad

MCI’s Group Director of Global Learning & Development Avinash Chandarana was the this year’s keynote speaker at the CESSE 2011 in Vancouver.   Over 500 people attended last Wednesday morning, and we are pleased to share with you a follow up interview with Avinash via videocast produced by KiKi L’Italien of DelCor.  Avinash’s CESSE keynote discussed the need for awareness of cultural differences and the development of cross cultural competence as a prerequisite for business success.

  • How many associations have the cultural insights, competencies and capabilities to successfully manage cross-cultural business interactions?
  • What are the pitfalls if you assume that trust is approached in the same way in Asia as it is in Europe or in South America?
  • How does a lack in global perspective impact your association’s relationships, decision-making and membership development at international level?

Also, below are the slides from his presentation following KiKi’s interview.   FYI, some occasional speed issues from the Hyatt Vancouver’s internet connection, but otherwise doesnt hurt it.

Slides of Avinash’s presentation can be found here.

About the author

Peter Turner

As MCI's Senior Advisor, Global Development Strategy, I help associations build and execute global growth strategies. Over the past 30 years I have served three associations (ASAE, MPI and IEEE Computer Society) as a leader of business, product and partnership development.

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