Research Paper By Kalaivani Mattern
(Cross-Cultural Coach, INDIA)
Thought Leadership Article on Cross-Cultural Coaching
Globalization and rapid growth in consumer markets have made mobility in business a necessity. Along with disappearing market boundaries, gone are the days when a job was 9-5 (local time) and involved a desk. Today our workplace has become a global village in an electronic Universe. We have the ability to work with people thousands of miles away with the ease of talking to a neighbor; physical distance and time zones are not a restriction anymore. On the other hand, people still remain people, each of us have our own expectations about how things work. We function by certain ‘unwritten rules of social game’.
As social beings, we like to belong to a tribe, even the lone-wolves among us seek some form of company at times. To belong to a tribe implies following a set of rules that define and hold the tribe together- these rules could be a based on ethnicity, nationality, region, religion, corporate, familial ties etc. When tribes meet, they usually have to learn the rules of one another, if there is to be any kind of mutual gain. It is also necessary to know the rules to avoid conflict.