Team Culture

Global teams must transcend language, time zones, communication, and cultural differences as they develop distinct identities and cultures in response to the organizational and/or market context, purpose, makeup, and leadership.

Both intact teams and interdependent work groups need to develop shared standards and practices for teaming and collaboration. The team leader has significant influence over the team’s cultural norms. Therefore, clients need to sharpen team leaders’ and members’ skill-sets to effectively build global teams, and most employees in matrix organizations benefit from understanding how to collaborate effectively, particularly in global and cross-functional teams.

COA Practitioners can utilize the Cultural Orientations Approach to assist teams and their leaders with developing global, virtual team leadership and creating an effective team culture. At a team/group level, cultural competence enables a team or work group to:

  • Effectively integrate new talent
  • Leverage knowledge and skill resources
  • Engage its stakeholders (including customers and/or clients)
  • Develop and sustain effective and inclusive operating principles and practices within the team
Click below to access an in-depth discussion, podcasts, and examples of addressing this level of culture at work.