I want to hear from you if you are on a global team or global project. If you are on such a team, you are part of the shock troops of globalisation. And you will know that is not an easy place to be. Forget all the grand theories of gloablisation: you are having to deal with the practical realities of making it happen. And there is not much help out there. There are guides to etiquette, which may tell you how to exchange business cards in Japan. But that does not help you with the challenges of making decisions, managing performance, building a team and building trust, motivating people, setting budgets and actually making things happen across time zones, cultures, languages and working styles. Innocent words and actions are liable to misinterpretation, loss of trust and friction. But when the team performs well, magic happens.
Over the next year we will be working with organisations, teams and individuals to find out what works and what does not work with global teams. We want you to join us in the research programme, which should have huge benefit to anyone on global teams. You may be the team leader or a team member; you may be at the central hub of the team or at a geographic spoke. You may be in any geography or industry, including NGOs. Wherever you are, you will have a valid and important view.
Initially, we want to interview individuals for an hour, in person by phone or on skype. The interviews are, of course, entirely confidential. Ideally, we would then like to work with your team and/or organisation to run a short survey with team members as part of a best practice benchmarking exercise; and if more people are willing to be interviewed, that would be helpful but not mandatory. For participants, this is a chance to reflect on best practice; we will share results with participants to give them more ideas and insights on how to improve.
If you would like to take part in this important research programme, you can make contact as follows:
text: (44) 7798 815030
I look forward to hearing from you.