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Asia Leads World in Religious Diversity - the Diplomat

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the Diplomat Asia Leads World in Religious Diversity the Diplomat The new study measures religious diversity across around 200 countries and territories across the world, based on the “percentage of each country's population that belongs to eight...
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East vs. West -- the myths that mystify

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Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West -- and shows how these two fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another.
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Globalizing the local, localizing the global

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Sheikha Al Mayassa, a patron of artists, storytellers and filmmakers in Qatar, talks about how art and culture create a country's identity -- and allow every country to share its unique identity with the wider world. As she says: "We don't want to be all the same, but we do want to understand each other."
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Makiko Eda: The corporation as agent of cultural fusion | TED@Intel | TED Institute | Watch | TED

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TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading - through TED.com, our annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.
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The politics of fiction

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Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them lets us leap over cultural walls, embrace different experiences, feel what others feel. Elif Shafak builds on this simple idea to argue that fiction can overcome identity politics.
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Build Your Intercultural Identity

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Effective intercultural communicators know that their intercultural identity is like a puzzle that is built piece by piece
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Intercultural Work—Stuck in its own past? (#1 in a series)

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Despite a tide swell in intercultural communication and worldwide immersion in social media, the current field of intercultural communication itself seems static. This blog post articulates five wa...

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Dianne Hofner Saphiere's curator insight, March 15, 2013 6:00 PM

Powerful and insightful series of six articles on intercultural communication, getting back to fundamentals, correcting course, taking us forward.

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How Diversity Can Drive Innovation

RT @HarvardBiz: New research on how diversity can drive innovation: http://t.co/BJf27GR0pP
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8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day--And How To Avoid Them

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The swimmers body illusion and other ways our brains play tricks on us.

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Marci Segal, MS's curator insight, November 21, 2013 10:23 AM

Fascinating insights encourage people to be open to question their beliefs.  Helpful especially now that what we were taught when we were young doesn't necessarily hold true today.

 

Creativity is about new ideas, new decisions and new actions; by stretching beyond what we believe to be true, new doors open.

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5th InTERcultural Seminar on Intercultural Leadership

This seminar is open to all those wishing to discuss the concept of intercultural leadership in 21st century organizations.

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Friday 29 November 2013

6 to 9:30 pm

Salon Espace Hotel Aquabella 2 rue des Etuves 13100 Aix en Provence

Registration required by 22 November at shawn.simpson@iter.org

 

5:45 Welcome of participants


6:00 Introductory speeches by Jerome Pamela, Director of Agence ITER France and Virginie de Barnier, Dean, IAE Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management


6:30 Workshop session- - 3 workshops to choose from


Description of Workshops

 

Worshop 1

Intercultural Leadership and Innovation: making the most of differences to enhance creativity?
Carolina Serrano Archimi, leadership expert and Professor at IAE Aix

                       
Biography
Carolina Serrano Archimi (Spain/Switzerland), MA in Philosophy, MBA and PhD in Management from Aix-Marseille Université, is professor of Organizational Behavior at IAE AIX-MARSEILLE Graduate School of Management. She is the director of the full-time MBA and the Academic advisor for the Euro*MBA. Carolina is a change consultant in large and medium organisations, a keynote speaker on management topics, a certified professional coach, and a trainer involved in corporate executive training programmes. She has worked for 12 years in several companies internationally before joining academia over 10 years ago. Her major teaching domains are change management, leadership, process consulting practice, team effectiveness, and coaching at an intercultural level. Her research domain covers cynicism in organisations, trust repair processes, and social exchange mechanisms between middle management and top management.


Abstract
Organizations who hire people from different cultures have a tremendous underused potential of creativity and innovation; these organizations need to develop a specific leadership style, which involves an open communication and a capacity to transform the energy of conflict and fear into a creative energy. A climate where creative energy flows is the climate for innovation to occur. This workshop will present the key ingredients of intercultural leadership, conflict management and creative climate development. Very interactive, this workshop will be an open place to discuss and challenge our ideas, and to practice open communication.

 

 

Workshop 2

Intercultural leadership in communication: revisiting English as a working language
Nathalie Kleinschmit, intercultural expert and Instructor at IAE Aix

Biography
Born in Canada, a German national and long-term Paris resident, it is not surprising that Nathalie has specialized in the field of intercultural communication. Nathalie founded Global‘Ease in 1992 to offer consulting and training services for international business development: management, mobility, customer relations and professional communication. She’s welcomed more than 15,000 participants from 90+ countries in workshops to explore ways of building working environments that foster intercultural leadership and growth. She brings to this seminar her love for language as well as her commitment to developing dialogue and confidence in international groups. She teaches regularly at IAE AIX-MARSEILLE Graduate School of Management.

 
 
Abstract
One of the assets of true Intercultural Leadership is clear communication. Strategies, decisions and policies must be understood by everyone in the organization.
English is undeniably the main language of business worldwide, yet it is often the source of misunderstandings. Non-native speakers may struggle to follow the jargon used by native speakers while Anglophones can be confused by the mixed interpretations that are inherent to intercultural relations. Pronunciation, idioms, phrasal verbs, jargon and confusing words create distance between the closest of colleagues.

Getting a message across the cultural barriers requires a shared effort and willingness. During this interactive session, we will explore ways both native and non-native speakers of English can communicate more effectively with each other using a “borderless” language approach. 

 

 

Workshop 3

Are ethics viewed in the same manner in every culture?
Andrés Malavé, intercultural expert and Instructor at IAE Aix


Biography
Andrés is tri-cultural American, French, and Puerto Rican, has lived and worked in France, England, Spain, Japan, USA and Puerto Rico. His 2002 Master thesis dealt with the Topic: Ethics and Business Management for a Global Economy in the 21st Century.   In 2006 he became a certified trainer with Global’Ease and since then has facilitated workshops and seminars that combine the cultural element and ethics. In 2008 he founded Mondialink to provide training to professionals who want to improve their performance when working in an intercultural environment.  He teaches regularly at IAE AIX-MARSEILLE Graduate School of Management.

Abstract
In today’s connected world, with supply chains that may span half of the globe, shareholders in one hemisphere and customer base spread between the North and South, how does a leader choose the “right way”? Corporate websites proudly display their values, which are designed to attract both customers and talent. But when we are actually working with people from another culture who may not share the same priority of values, whose values do you apply?
This workshop will address some of the questions that concern today’s leader. What does it mean to behave ethically in someone else’s world? Is it possible to remain faithful to the standards of our own culture while working in another one? How do we communicate when what is expected of us “over there” contradicts what we are supposed to do “over here”?

 

 

 

 

Intercultural leadership… what does it take?

 

Panel discussion facilitated by Shawn Simpson, Training Project Manager, Agence ITER France


Biography
Shawn Simpson is American and has been an expatriate most of her life. She has lived in
Vietnam,Spain,Nigeria,Ireland,France,Australia,Algeria and has travelled and worked in many other countries. An adult training professional specialized in the intercultural aspects of mobility, learning, competence and communication, she works for the Agence ITER France Welcome Office and is in charge of their Intercultural & Language Program. Shawn is also a European expert on lifelong learning programs and her main interests of study are expatriate experiences and expectations, the intercultural approach to learning languages and the promotion of language diversity in organizations.



Abstract

What are the qualities of the intercultural leader? Does it take more than intercultural competence to lead multicultural teams? Who are the leaders of 21st century organizations? Is leadership properly defined? What are the issues to be faced most often when leading today? How does one adapt one’s cultural model of leadership to others? Who are the most efficient/humane leaders and why? Can you be trained to become a leader?
These are some of the questions which will be asked to the following panel participants:

 

 

Ju JIN is Deputy Director General of ITER Organization and Director of Department for Administration. He has a PhD in Management Science, a Master degree of Science in Technology Management, a Bachelor degree of Mechanical Engineering. He was the Deputy Director General for International Cooperation in the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. He also was a science diplomat inUSA andAustralia. He was the Chinese Representative in the Commission of Science and Technology for Development in the United Nation. In October 2011, he was recruited at ITER Organization.  He has published many articles and a dozen of books covering international science and technology cooperation and information science, etc.

 

 

Claessens Michel is Head of Communication and External Relations at ITER Organization. He has a PhD in physical sciences, and has been a scientific researcher during ten years (physical chemistry, medical imaging, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals). He has also been a free-lance scientific journalist. He joined the European Commission in 1994 where he has been Head of Communication in the Research Directorate-General and Spokesperson to the Research Commissioner. In April 2011, he was recruited at ITER Organization. He has published many articles and a dozen of books and assays covering science communication and other aspects of science and technology.

 

 
Colette Ricketts is the Leader of the Systems Management Section at ITER Organization. She has an MBA and a PhD in physical sciences, and has a career spanning nineteen years in the nuclear industry both in commercial and government sectors. She is an experienced project and group manager and senior strategist, recognised in the UK Nuclear Decommissioning industry as a leading expert in Earned Value Management techniques. She is currently responsible for the Improve (IT)^2 program in the ITER Organization, along with managing the implementation of cross functional standards. She has introduced services including a global Ideas Network, e-learning, and a team working methodology effective in a multicultural, multi-lingual, and remote work environment.

 

Marc Ribas, 47, is currently Head of Human Resources for Gemalto Telecom Business Unit, located in La Ciotat.

He graduated fromLa Sorbonne University, with Major in Political Sciences and Human Resources Management.

He previously held various Human Resources positions in Oil Exploration industry (France,Indonesia,Venezuela); in the Information Technology domain (with Atos in theUnited Kingdom).

He joined the Digital Security champion in 2004, first inChina, then inSingapore, as the Asia Human Resources Manager.

Gemalto, which is part of the Euronext CAC 40 index, employs 13,000 employees in 70 countries.

 

Luc Gillet, 30+ years of experience in HR, mainly in multi-cultural environment, management of major turn arounds, reorganizations, M&A and integrations in Hi-Tech or Finance Services businesses.

 

 

 

 

20h30: Cocktail Party

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Create People Alignment (Part 3)

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  This series is about people alignment as a crucial competence for today’s leaders. Especially in a globalized world, where cross-cultural and multinational challenges are becoming more and m...

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'Hafu': Film addresses Japan's growing diversity via stories of mixed-race individuals

'Hafu': Film addresses Japan's growing diversity via stories of mixed-race individuals | The Intercultural Think Tank | Scoop.it
When Kobe resident Fusae Miyako was 15, she discovered while perusing family documents that her fath...
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Perception of Time Value In America and Russia

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Many managers working in multicultural teams or dealing with clients and business partners overseas have often little idea that conflicts could have underlying cultural differences. Time and its pe...

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Why ignoring cultural differences will cost you sales - Real Business

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Why ignoring cultural differences will cost you sales
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Organisations venturing into broader markets may recognise the need to switch languages, but may not recognise how subtle cultural differences can impact sales.
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Mapping the future of countries

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Many people think the lines on the map no longer matter, but Parag Khanna says they do. Using maps of the past and present, he explains the root causes of border conflicts worldwide and proposes simple yet cunning solutions for each.
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The danger of a single story

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Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
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Life that doesn't end with death

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In Tana Toraja, weddings and births aren’t the social gatherings that knit society together. In this part of Indonesia, big, raucous funerals form the center of social life. Anthropologist Kelli Swazey takes a look at this culture, in which the bodies of dead relatives are cared for even years after they have passed. While it sounds strange to Western sensibilities, she says, this could actually be a truer reflection of the fact that relationships with loved ones don’t simply end when breathing does. (Filmed at TEDMED.)
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Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science?

Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science? | The Intercultural Think Tank | Scoop.it
As science becomes more diverse, scientific collaborators are growing more diverse, too. New research exploring the effect of this change suggests the diversity of the teams that produce scientific research play a big role in how successful the science turns out to be.
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The Intercultural Organization

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Why Hierarchies Must Sign Their Own Death Warrant To Survive - Forbes

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Why Hierarchies Must Sign Their Own Death Warrant To Survive
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All of the entities change through this co-evolutionary process. Contrast co-evolution with adaptation – for example an organization adapting to its environment.
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Top 5 Advantages of Workplace Diversity |

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Diversity has become something of a watchword in our society, with an increasing recognition amongst nations that embracing and recognising what was once perceived to be “different” is the perfect way to enrich our communities.
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Your Culture or Mine? Inside the Multicultural Team

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By Craig Storti – Director, Communicating Across Cultures
It might be, for example, that different team members have different approaches to how to conduct a meeting.
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Build Your Intercultural Identity

Build Your Intercultural Identity | The Intercultural Think Tank | Scoop.it
Many of my clients who work in intercultural contexts do not actively participate in the process of building their intercultural identity.

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Vanise Januario's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:26 PM

Interesting article about Intercultural Identity and how important it is to be actively involved in the process of building your own "intercultural ID".

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TRUST IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY

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Traditionally sociologists have thought about the consequences of ethnic diversity in one of two ways. The 'conflict' model claims that the more that diverse groups interact, the more social tensio...
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Diversity & Innovation - InnoCentive Blog

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companies with a strong diversity climate score four times higher on innovation (Diversity = Innovation?
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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, October 30, 2013 2:25 PM

Very interesting but not astonishing indeed! ;-)