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on the fu­ture work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

In the fu­ture work­ing en­vi­ron­ment—for which ‘ecosys­tem’ is a more rel­e­vant term— each com­pany’s and each in­di­vid­ual’s po­si­tion and path will be unique, in­ter­con­nected, in­te­grated, and dy­namic, So­phie Wade ex­plains in her book Em­brac­ing Progress. In this ex­cu­sive with The Smart Man­ager, she ex­plains why en­gage­ment, personalization, in­te­gra­tion, and choice will be the core themes for any fu­ture-of-work trans­for­ma­tion.

Does work­ing with peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cul­tural back­grounds make one a bet­ter man­ager?

It is im­por­tant for a man­ager to fa­cil­i­tate un­der­stand­ing and set com­mon ex­pec­ta­tions among a team, so that any mem­ber can fully ap­pre­ci­ate and achieve ob­jec­tives which in­volve oth­ers—whether col­leagues or cus­tomers—who may have dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives. Peo­ple from var­ied cul­tural back­grounds gen­er­ally bring a range of per­spec­tives since they of­ten have dis­sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences and un­der­stand­ings of spe­cific sit­u­a­tions. There­fore, man­agers who work across many cul­tural back­grounds can be­come more prac­ticed at deal­ing with a va­ri­ety of per­spec­tives. In ad­di­tion, re­search shows di­verse view­points are im­por­tant in the de­vel­op­ment of so­lu­tions for cre­ative projects.

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