HBR article on cross cultural management, discussing how our place of work has changed dramatically and 3 skills to excel.
Skill 1: Code Switching Between Cultures – To work well with foreign colleagues, you may have to risk feeling inauthentic and incompetent.
Skill 2: Wielding Digital Influence – As companies become less hierarchical, the effective use of online networks will be crucial to success.
Skill 3: Dividing Attention Deliberately – Instead of battling distraction, embrace your brain’s proclivity for it.
Key highlights : It is possible to learn to code switch,. “Being culturally fluent means being able to enter new context, master the norms, and feel comfortable doing so” – wrote Andy Molinsky.
“To build effective online network, you need to focus” says Thomas Davenport and Bala Iyer “ … organizations will begin to seek out employees with demonstrably strong online connections and a track record of wielding influence through them.”
Cathey N. Davidson refers to Gloria Mark and says 44% of switches are from internal distractions, our wandering mind. “In the future, continuous partial attention will perhaps be seen not as a problem but as a critical new skill..”
Link to article : https://hbr.org/2012/01/three-skills-every-21st-century-manager-needs