When international teams are set up, completely different worlds and approaches collide. All of those are perceived as stressful and distracting factors by the individual team members.
Solution: In a country-specific training before the onset of the project it is possible to talk about “the others” in a hypothetical way. The culturally defined approaches are studied in a so-called “dry run.” Then the actionable strategies for working together are set during a jointly held workshop. This kind of approach has proven extremely successful, i.e., talking to each other instead of about one another.
Results: The team experiences fewer distractions and conflicts working together, build a common communication basis, and tapping the team’s full potential becomes possible.