Cross-cultural teams offer outstanding new perspectives and fresh insights – as long as you avoid the pitfalls. Here’s how to avoid embarrassment in a cross-cultural environment and how to recover if you make a blunder.
My first experience with my employer was a memorable one, to say the least.
I had just been hired and was anticipating my first videoconference with my boss. Even as a German who would be working for a Danish company, I hadn’t given much thought to any cultural differences between us.
Having prepared all morning, I positioned myself behind my desk and initiated the call – I couldn’t believe my ears. Continue reading →
Increased autonomy in the workplace leads to greater innovation, productivity and employee satisfaction. But it also presents several cultural challenges. Find out how to establish a strong company culture around autonomy and individualization.
I couldn’t believe my good fortune.
Let me explain. I recently attended a meeting that included some of our newest employees, most of them students who work here while attending university.
They made a great impression, with outstanding reflections about our product positioning, marketing strategy and market trends. They weren’t afraid to provide their opinions and offer input. Continue reading →
“O.K. Holger, I’ve found your New Ways of Working blogs highly interesting and even eye-opening at times. But I’m wondering…. Is this concept based on some kind of scientific theory – or is it something you just came up with?”
I’ve been blogging about what we at Jabra call New Ways of Working for more than a year-and-a-half, and of the many questions and comments I’ve received, the one above really stood out. I appreciate honesty, and it’s one of the most to-the-point emails I’ve received since we started this journey!
So I thought I’d use this blog to explain the underlying framework behind New Ways of Working (yes, there is one, Amy!) and introduce a tool to help managers and knowledge workers plan their workdays for increased efficiency, productivity and job satisfaction.
Workers everywhere spend too much time attending business meetings. But maybe there’s a better way. We wonder aloud if a few simpleupgrades to Microsoft Outlook could reduce the number of meetings we attend, while making others more productive and less time-consuming.
To: Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft Corp. From: Holger Reisinger, SVP, Jabra Subject: Proposed changes to Outlook to improve business productivity
With all the great communication and collaboration tools in today’s workplace, you’d think we could share knowledge and information more efficiently. Instead, our day is punctuated by untimely interruptions and requests for information from coworkers. It’s time to take our time back.
“Got a minute?”
Those may be the three most frightening words in the workplace today.
Forget the business books and management gurus. The answer may instead lie in the business practices of a 19th century industrialist: hire smart people with a variety of perspectives, turn them loose and get out of the way.
I’ve been reading a fascinating book about the legendary U.S. industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. He’s notable for leading the expansion of the U.S. steel industry in the late 1800s, which made him one of the wealthiest people of his time.
What I’ve found interesting is the unique way Carnegie ran his vast corporate enterprise. Continue reading →