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Team Building: Intercultural Teams

Today due to the huge level of globalization of companies and the spread of a common market intercultural mixing has increased. People working in different countries but in the same companies doing similar work now are collaborated to form a team for maximum team output and lesser employee intake. Thus the topic of multicultural or intercultural team building arises. These intercultural teams pose a serious difficulty for their workers due to multilingualism of the members of the team.

It has always been seen in business that the more communicating a group is among themselves the higher is their success. Therefore communication and interaction is very important. Harmonization of various cultures and languages, behaviors and ways of thinking make a great difference in today’s building of intercultural groups.

Very frequently miscommunication, owing to difference in language, creates problems and deep mistrust in the team. This will eventually lower the team spirit and lead to the crash of such a team. But intercultural teams are otherwise very effective as they combine different perspectives and ideas which help in the better and more creative functioning of the team. Ultimately the team will develop skills in multicultural interaction and global awareness. But such a situation is not very frequently encountered. At maximum times they fail to fulfill their potentials since the authority expect such people from various cultures to mix naturally irrespective of their background and harbor. Socializing skills, decision making, and commonplace etiquette provide the barriers to free mixing among the multicultural groups. This is where the help of any outsider or consultant is required to set things right.

Training from a consultant is the best way to solve such problems. A consultant will help blend the team together in spite of the differences in language and culture of the members involved. The multicultural consultants are able to close the differences and use common ground to bring about harmony among the team members of any such intercultural team. The end result is always of a more productive team which works in a more conducive environment of friendliness. These consultants help build up emotions and relationships between the members and enable them to become more reliable to one another.

While concluding we can only say this that for such intercultural teams to succeed the employers and other personnel at top should be aware of such group activities and if there is any problem then who to consult. They should always aim at maintaining interpersonal interaction since only that way can the idea of intercultural team work for the best.

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