Collaborative communication is a challenge we all face, especially when we need to communicate globally. Many of us know all about the difficulties of working across borders and time zones: with the best will in the world, it can sometimes be a recipe for confusion, exclusion and missed opportunities.
With this in mind, I decided to ask one of Cisco’s virtual collaboration veterans for his take on how to work as a global team, and get it right.
Arnaud Boue is a Cisco Finance Business Manager. In 2010 he was invited to work on the design of a WW team looking at how to deliver world-class Business Intelligence Services.
His initial approach was, as he puts it, “fairly standard”. He’s the first to admit that things started going awry straight away: “It’s all too common to fall into the trap of miscommunicating common goals, especially when you are working with a multi-national team. If you don’t ensure that everyone is properly briefed, people usually start to work regionally, not globally.”
It’s not often that we realize we are in the majority, which is usually an indication that we are. What responsibility do we have, when we hold this majority seat, to listen to and help bridge the gap for others around us, or to be an ally to those in traditionally marginalised groups? Discrimination at work still exists globally and locally. Harnessing our social networking power by bridging gaps between majority and non-majority groups may lead to a more powerful and sustainable change, addressing bullying and discrimination in the field.
While the news is buzzing with stories of the London 2012 Olympic Games, London is also looking forward to the 2012 Paralympic Games which start in less than 3 weeks. London has sold the most tickets for a Paralympic Games – a record 2.1 million surpasses the previous record of 1.8 million tickets sold for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Read More »
What is the role that allies can play in workplace inclusion? Most commonly used in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (“LGBT”) community, the term allies refers to those who don’t identify as LGBT, but who share a commitment to inclusion for all, and who are eager to contribute to corporate inclusion efforts by advocating on behalf of under-represented workplace communities.
On August 2nd, Cisco is co-sponsoring a free webinar called Allies ‘Come Out:’ Allies Are Changing the Face of Workplace Diversity and Inclusion. Moderated by Jennifer Brown of JBC, the webinar is from 1:00 to 2:15 pm EST.
The panel of diversity and leadership professionals will discuss the important role that allies have played in civil rights movements and the work that is underway globally for human rights, dignity and respect. Learn about Read More »