Showing posts with label multicultural environment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label multicultural environment. Show all posts

SIPM Connect- The Benefits of Being a Mentor

SIPM Connect is the Community of Project Managers that allows the Newbies and the Experts to interact. Oh and it’s free.


3 top benefits of being a mentor in SIPM Connect:

1.You get to share your experience with someone- the greatest of satisfaction is to help someone our and see them grow. It makes you a better person and professional and it add a boost of positivity in your life. In SIPM Connect, you can choose to be a mentor.  This allows newbies to connect with you easily from all over the world. Mentors can be sort out based on their location, domain or profile insight.

2.You learn from the millennial’s (born between 1980-2000)- Most of the younger workforce who are looking for mentors are probably millennials. 3 things you didn’t know about millennials  
          •       They are motivated (source
          •       They crave coaching (source
          •       Open to change (source
     3. You can earn credits- In most formats, informal coaching or mentoring can be counted as learning or discussions,  so if you are involved you might be able to get adequate credits. Please check with your local chapter of PMI or Scrum  Alliance for more information.

    Free Cultural Intelligence Training by Participating in Research Study

    My friend Samad needs your help and participation for his project. It would be great if you have some time to partcipate, you can also send it along to your friends and colleagues. The deadline is till end of this month.
    Research Overview:
    • Researcher: Samad Aidane
    • University: Middlesex University (U.K)
    • Degree: Master of Science in Neuroscience of Leadership
    • Research Topic: Investigate the effectiveness of intercultural competence training  
    What is the context for this study?
    This research study is the final deliverable for completing my Master of Science degree in Neuroscience of Leadership through Middlesex University (U.K).
    The study will explore a practical issue that many organizations are facing today: how to help their employees be effective in intercultural collaboration. Through a training intervention, the study will investigate the effectiveness of an intercultural competence training program aimed at enhancing cultural intelligence among IT professionals.
    What is the aim of this study?
    Integrating insights from multidisciplinary research, the workshop will provide participants with an understanding of how culture shapes the way we make decisions, solve problems, and collaborate with others in a multicultural teams.
    The findings from this study will contribute to the existing body of research on best practices for how organizations plan, design, and implement effective intercultural competence training for IT professionals.
    Who will participate in the study?
    The target audiences of this study are organizations who are interested in improving collaboration in the context of multicultural teams involved in IT projects. Participants are Information Technology Professionals (project managers, business analysts, software developers and testers, as well as other IT roles) or other Subject Matter experts who work over 50% of their time on IT projects and are currently working on projects or teams that include members from multiple cultures.
    What commitments are expected from participants?
    Participants will be expected to perform 4 main activities:
    1. Read and sign a Research Study Consent Form (5 Minutes)
    2. Complete a pre-assessment questionnaire (10 Minutes)
    3. Attend a live online training workshop (4 hours)
    4. Complete post-assessment questionnaire four weeks after the training workshop (10 minutes)
    The study will require no more than 4.5 hours of participant’s time, over a period of four weeks.
    When will the training workshop take place?
    The training workshop will take place the week of July 6th. Other workshop dates in July may be added if needed. The exact date and time of the workshop will be coordinated with participants. The study will end four weeks after the training workshop, with participants completing the post-assessment questionnaire.
    What is the benefit to your organization?
    The benefit to your organization is that participants will:
    • Learn to recognize cultural barriers to making decisions, solving problems, and collaborating with others in a multicultural teams.
    • Gain a better understanding of the essential skills for leading and working in multicultural teams.
    • Gain practical tips, techniques, and strategies on how to develop a culturally intelligent communication style to effectively lead and work in multicultural projects and teams.
    A whitepaper summarizing the findings and recommendation from the study will be provided to each participant and their organization.
    Are there any costs involved for participants?
    All training in this study will be provided to participant at no cost to your organization
    What about confidentiality?
    All data collected in the research will be made anonymous and held confidentially. Only summary results will be presented in the final report.
    When is the deadline to sign up to participate in the study? 
    The deadline to sign up to participate in the study is June 15, 2015.
    How many participants from my organization can take part in the study?
    As many as 50 participants can join the study.
    I am interested. What’s the next step?
    Send an email to and the researcher will be in touch about the next step.

    Working in a Global Setting - II

    If you are in technology chances are you have or will work with a multicultural team who are perhaps located miles away at some point.

    Either they are part of your team or work has been outsourced.


     They are here because they are part of the team and want to help as much as you do
     Clear instructions help when working miles away. So, when work is delegated ensure you have mentioned what is required, when and how you want it delivered.
     Try listening when they come up with issues and being in their shoes.
     Distance can be a major factor, so overlapping times for meetings might be necessary.
     They are emotional. Bonding as one human to another might help, instead of focusing only as colleagues.
     Communication gap will be the source of discontent. Conversations/phone calls should be given priority over emails if traveling onsite/offsite doesn’t seem a feasible option during the recession period.
     Fairness matters
     Don’t take things for granted, please re-confirm.
     Recognition for special initiation or delivery encourages everyone to pitch in or contribute to the best of their ability.
     Understand the regional politics and try to keep it minimal. Lesser the better.
     Beware of the cultural taboos when conversing with the counterpart from other nations.

    To know more about working in a multicultural team, click here