A perfect example of how global leadership looks and how it influences culture is the creation by The Coca-Cola Company of the image and concept of Santa Claus. It’s been years since this concept was created, and without a doubt, they appropriated this image. They made it a tradition for their brand. Every year during the Christmas holidays, it is hard not to associate the idea of Santa with this drink.
Having the ability to extend our influence and to lead beyond our culture, is a vital element to manage a team and an organization successfully in a globalized world.
Have you thought about the influence of certain commercial images on your daily life?
A friend of mine from India mentioned to me not too long ago about the amazing town where he is from, which is located in the south of India, mostly in the State of Tamil Nadu and north of the town of Puducherry. He talked about some of the characteristics of this place that amazed me and for a moment I thought that he was just describing a fantasy story. The level of diversity and relationships that he described, I have to admit, challenged my thinking. So I just took my laptop and Googled it. What is that place around the world that lately grabs your attention?
Founded 50 years ago as an experiment, yet for some, this place is controversial, for others it is utopia or even unreal. Auroville, The City of Dawn, according to one of its founders – Mirra Alfassa, wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and continuous harmony, beyond all creeds, politics, and nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to achieve human unity.
After reading about this place and watching some videos about its 2,500 habitats, I am sure that Auroville’s community embraces diversity and unity with great enthusiasm.
How about you? Do you have a desire to experience different cultures and the diverse ways they do things?
One of the most important economic trends due to the growth of globalization in recent decades is the explosion of international business. It is not a secret that the advancement of technology, transportation, and communications, the removal of international business restrictions by governments, the economic international cooperation and competition, and of course, consumer’s desire to access foreign goods and services are all facilitating this explosion. Are you developing your ability to advance within an international business environment?
If you or your organization are planning to venture or continue growing in the international business arena, it will be required that you develop your ability to have a multifaceted approach.
The World Cup is one of the most watched events on the planet. According to the latest statistics, approximately 3.4 billion, almost half of the planet population, was expected to tune in to at least one match. That is something great! Such a huge amount of people unified by one same passion; yet, it might not be such good news for the productivity of some businesses. Do you know how the World Cup affects productivity?
Productivity will take a hit according to the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the Statista Portal.
One of the events that showcase a great amount of diversity and cultures is the World Cup. Every 4 years, 32 nations compete to become the best soccer team in the world and one country hosts the event. This year the host is Russia, and they are welcoming more than 1 million visitors from all over the world, according to event organizers.
The eyes of the planet turn towards this country. All of us have been able to learn a lot about the host country, most particularly those who are interested and curious about other cultures.
Are you interested in other cultures?
Have you watched a soccer World Cup game? If yes, you are in a very good company. The FIFA World Cup is one of the most awaited events in the world and around 40 million people watch every match online through television or internet.
In 2014 the television audience crossed 3.2 billion people and 280 billion people watched matches online or through a mobile device. As stated by FIFA World Cup, the mobile technology around the world it would definitely impact this year’s number of viewers.
Have you noticed all the different cultures displayed throughout this event? Do you feel connected with some of these cultures?
In this series of six (6) key elements to have the right attitude in order to build successful relationships, we examine the importance of having a positive attitude to accomplish it and to better know you. We also look into how we see others, how frustration can be part of successful relationships. In the previous blog, we examined the different types of relationships and which one should be our first choice.
Now, the last element, but not the least that we are going to talk about is how to handle hurt that can occur when relating to others.
Whether it is a personal or professional relationship and whether you are well prepared or not in how to handle these situations, as we all know, it is difficult to avoid getting hurt when interacting with others.
However, what we can do is handling them in a positive way and turning them into tools towards successful relationships.
Have you been hurt in any type of relationship lately?
One of many advantages of relating effectively to others is by adding value to them. Similarly, if you want to achieve something significant in your life, relating and working well with others is what allows you to accomplish team success and thus reach much higher levels of achievement.
As we conclude Part I of this topic, we can understand that a healthy relationship with team members is essential to create successful teams. Developing a healthy relationship is the beginning of every family, organization, business, or association.
As you relate to others, you are able to understand that some people value others and help them and that others only value themselves and obstruct everybody else’s progress.
How are you relating to others?
There is probably a situation at home that makes you feel tired and with a negative attitude. Maybe, you had a discussion at the office with your boos. Could be that one member of your team has made you feel stressed. Whatever the situation, having this feeling of frustration will not allow you to think clearly and may even be stagnating the objectives of your team. But, can we avoid frustration?
Not really. Frustration is an emotional response to an event that impacts us. It can be caused by different circumstances, some unexpected. While a person may be frustrated for some reason another may not and vice versa.
But in general, we cannot avoid being frustrated. Let’s examine how we can handle “frustration” and not allow it to interfere with the success of our teamwork and the common goal that we want to achieve.
What are those things that frustrate you in your team?
Have you ever been told that a color looks great on you and the first thing that comes to your mind is that it was a not very sincere compliment? Then, at the first chance you get, you go to the mirror to verify if that compliment was true or not? The way you view others is determined by who you are. What is your perception of the members of your team?
In the previous blog, I was pointing out how essential it is for all members of the team to develop the correct attitude towards relationships. Now let’s talk about how valuable it is to understand that “the way you see others is a reflection of yourself” and what can you do about it?
How do you perceive others?