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Cross Culture Management Training for Western and Thai managers

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Cross Culture Management Training for Western and Thai managers

 

Why train your overseas ex pat managers and other staff to work in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia?

Why train your local managers and other staff to work with Westerners?


Cross culture training improves intercultural relations, helps avoid conflicts and reduces losses of efficiency due to inter cultural misunderstandings and conflicts.

You invest a lot in your ex pat managers and experts to go overseas to Southeast Asia, Thailand, Laos or Cambodia so surely you want them to be able to do a good job quickly.

You invest a lot in your local managers and experts in Southeast Asia, Thailand, Laos or Cambodia so surely you want them to be able to do a good job.

Some features of Southeast Asian culture may interfere with your ex pat managers' usual ways of managing and doing business.

Some features of Western culture may interfere with your local managers' usual ways of managing and doing business.

We need to understand people we work with, how they think.  Understanding what they say is not enough: you need to understand what is behind what they say!  Understand their feelings!

Intercultural misunderstandings are all too common and unnecessary and they result in conflicts, strained relations and lost efficiency, time and money!

Avoid misunderstandings!  Understand your new colleagues!


Our workshops provide extremely valuable and quick insights into Southeast Asian thinking, facilitating understanding and cooperation and avoiding the typical misunderstandings that so often result from cultural and language barriers.

Openmind Projects arranges for customized Cross Culture Training for companies, managers and other ex pat employees who want to know the critical issues regarding major cultural differences between Western and Southeast Asian cultures.

The focus is on facilitating cross cultural understanding and avoiding the most frequent, frustrating and unnecessary misunderstandings that sour relations between foreigners—farangs—and their local colleagues.

Cross Cultural Workshops and Seminars can be arranged anywhere in Southeast Asia: Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

We can arrange a series of customized workshops with in-between tasks or practice such as field training as volunteers.  It is a unique way to understand society and culture in Southeast Asia!  Workshops can be held together with local staff, managers, employees, friends or spouses.

How?


Openmind Projects training philosophy is activity based.  After the activity, we reflect together and discuss the experience of the activity, what we can learn, how to adapt.

We focus on these Major Cross Culture Issues


Expectations
How to communicate expectations to Thais
How to communicate expectations to farangs
How to understand the expectations of Thais
How to understand the expectations of farangs
Indirect and direct ways of communicating expectations

Feelings
How to express feelings to Thais
How to express feelings to farangs
How to understand the feelings of Thais
How to understand the feelings of farangs
Indirect and direct ways of expressing feelings

Problems
How farangs confront/solve problems
How Thais confront/solve problems
How to manage problems together

Losing Control: What’s going on?
Why and how you are losing control
What is critical and not critical control, according to Thais/farangs
How farangs react to losing control
How Thais react to losing control
How to gain control together

Frustrations
How to show/not show frustration to Thais
How to show/not show frustration to farangs
How to handle/accept frustrations

Conflicts
How to express/not to express anger to Thais
How to express/not to express anger to farangs
How to handle, accept or avoid conflicts
 
Cooperation: The basics of cooperation
Agreed Common Opportunities and/or Threats
Agreed advantage of cooperating (synergies)
Fair Share of cooperation gains according to cooperators
Interaction frequency

and also

Differences between Southeast Asian and Western organizations at work


Time and deadlines
Micro management: follow up versus Delegation and Responsibility
Initiative and leadership
Evaluations and feedback
Motivation
How to ask questions to Southeast Asians, the Southeast Asian "maybe", how to ask farangs
How to listen to Southeast Asians, and to farangs
How to say No

You want to learn more about cross cultural experiences and training:

Contact Us for more information or a proposal, with the subject line: XCulture Management


Cross Culture Training in Thailand - Cross Culture Management Training for Western and Thai managers