Cultural Agility: Are You in Need of Developing Cross-Cultural Abilities for Your Executives?

Angelica Larios is a Project Manager Professional (PMP)® certification holder with more than 15 years of experience in implementing SW projects related to BI, planning and consolidation of financial solutions to support business decision processes. She is an owner of ALACONTEC, an IT consulting company in Los Angeles.

‘‘My dream would be a multicultural society, one that is diverse and where every man, woman, and child are treated equally. I dream of a world where all people of all races work together in harmony.'' — Nelson Mandela

In a world that is becoming more and more global, where businesses and corporations are located across the globe, global thinking and the cross-cultural background becomes not only a prerequisite for executives, but in some cases, a must if you want to succeed in a global business world or advance in your career.

Nowadays, relationships with foreign partners, vendors, clients, contractors, subordinates, and peers often take place a distance away from our current office and location. The thing that will either build a bridge or a barrier in those business relationships is the understanding of our differences in culture, mind-sets, languages, and other areas. Global professionals that hold and develop cultural awareness and agility will be the ones in charge of leading a competitive advantage for the organization they work for to help them to succeed in a global economy.

Global leaders and executives are dealing with a variety of responsibilities such as market expansion, product innovation, successful project delivery, post-acquisition integrations, and many others that demand a range of their technical and functional knowledge …

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"Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious and immature."

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