online virtual company
In an online virtual company, the interaction between the team members tends to be minimal, especially when the team members are from different cultures, backgrounds, and countries. I work in an ICT organization that deals with ICT systems and hardware. I have worked in a team of six people who are from different cultures, and as a result, my experience has been fascinating. The various team members hold key management positions, which range from CEO, finance director, administrator, and Human resource manager, among others. This paper focusses on critical analysis and the team’s experience of the personal, professional development module simulation. The primary aspects brought out are: teams across cultures, leadership across cultures, and strategic human resources management.
Teams across Cultures
The experience of working in a team with members from different backgrounds, cultures, and nations was fascinating. AS this is not a newly formed group, its impact was also felt in the organization. The human resource manager, who is the group leader, coordinated the operations of the team with the help of the members. As a result of working in this diverse group for long, I understood that the country of origin is a salient factor and has an influence on the mindset of the members. Apart from the country of origin, culture influence how we work as a team. Changing demographics in the workforce, international mobility, and networking and change strategies in organizations have contributed to the reorganization of cultural differences in working groups. Working in a team where the team members hold the highest places in the organization has been challenging. The countries of origin for the team members have influenced the expectations of the team. An example is about the communication styles which dictate where the specific member fits in the team and organization.
I think that our cultural background is relevant to how we interact as a team as it influences the decisions made. The personality of the team members was derived from the cultural backgrounds, and this has a significant impact on the performance of the team. Understanding the cultural origins of the members allows each person to understand what has to be done to improve individual performance. The culture of the members of the team has also influenced how we work together on some issues. The individual styles of the members were influenced, which were very different during the formation of the group. I am inclined to point out that the traits of the members at the workplace are aligned with the culture and personality. I have found that the cultural background of the members has contributed positively to the personal and professional enjoyment of the team members. Through working with different cultures, I have been able to develop self-awareness.