Building the Tower of Babel
Bilingual Cross-cultural Communication and Leadership
Tower of Babel is a story in the Bible: at the beginning of the Genesis, human beings spoke same language. The unimpeded exchange of ideas made human wisdom and creativity grow miraculously. People wanted to build a tower reaching heaven. However God made people's dream come to naught by making the shared language chaotic. Thereafter communication barriers make people diverge, and cultural conflicts among different groups follow.
Tower of Babel -The skyscraper still stands quietly, pointing straight to the sky, which shows the power of people trying to transcend the real world.
Today, we compare a universal management method to the Babel. From the people who are at a loss on the Tower, we can see that it is impossible to build a successful tower. Different cultures have different understandings or recognitions of authority, creativity and credibility. Companies and their organizational structures are not all objective facts - they also contain people's real feelings such as satisfaction and frustration, etc. Many management methods fail once they cross cultural boundaries.
Although the Tower has not been built successfully, people are still striving to coordinate cultural differences. The teacher of this course can be called a cross-cultural researching master. He turns the vicious circle of many cultural communication barriers into a virtuous circle and creates a "global cross-cultural management model" .His model integrates both Eastern and Western wisdom to summarize the whole process of coordinating cultural differences and builds a magical bridge in the abstract cultural world with a rational thinking.
It looks like that the clamours of people on the Tower are calming down. It looks like huge cross-cultural operational and transactional costs to be saved. It looks like hat the cross-cultural managers and leaders will have led their companies and projects to successfully build their magnificent “Tower of Babel” . We also see that the students of this course have expanded their horizons and improved their humanistic accomplishments.
Proactive attitude and vision for working across cultures such as "The highest good is like that of water", being tolerant, cooperative, modest and strict
A powerful tool to identify cultural differences
Highly effective ability of cross-cultural communication, management, leadership and conflict solving
The ability to save cost of cross-cultural operation and turn cultural diversity into productivity
Module1 Working across cultures
1 What is culture? How does culture define you and others
3 How to look at and relate to different cultures objectively?
Module 2 Cultural differences- Cross-cultural models
1 The map of world cultural differences and David Chen's Cross-cultural Model and
Module 3 Turn cultural diversity into productivity
1 Attitudes and qualifications for working across cultures
2 Skills for communication and meetings between different cultures
3 Skills for cross-cultural leadership
4 Skills for solving cross-cultural conflicts
Cross-cultural research master
Cross-cultural guest professor for Eastern China Normal University
Pioneering coach for Business in China
Special Invited Lecturer, Melbourne Business School
Country Cultural Expert, Netherlands Royal Tropical Institute
Cross-cultural guest professor for several famous American Universities
Author of Doing Business in China published on Amazon
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- Sonia Guarino, Production Manager, CK Clothing
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The cross cultural training program for Chinese staff provided a perspective understandings of cross cultural knowledge and skills and it is very practical and useful to create western accountability, assertiveness and professionalism. The case studies based on the trainer's real cross cultural experience are more constructive to Chinese staff's learning. The training is definitely a high value to Haldex China office."
- Theo Lindqvist, Group Director Supply Management, Haldex AB
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"The Trainer’s mastery of the subject, particularly Chinese cultural development and the difference between eastern and western cultures and the logics involved is evident with its profound insight."
- Edward E. Bruce, MA.Asia Cultural Consultant.
Having read numerous books on the Business in China Subject, this training offered significantly more detail and David's in depth knowledge and explanations proved to be invaluable. The case studies and examples brought the topic to life,leaving me with a clear strategy to leverage my communication with my Chinese clients
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After 4 years living in China I did not reach to understand my workers until this seminar I did.
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