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055: How to Work With Virtual Teams Across the World; Lisette Sutherland | Culture Matters

About This Week’s GuestLisette Sutherland

Lisette Sutherland

Lisette is the Director at CollaborationSuperpowers.com, a company that helps teams work together from anywhere.

She is also a Funder of Happy Melly, a company helping to globalize companies that are improving the lives of knowledge workers.

With over 10 years experience with web-based collaboration tools and online community management, her goal is to get the best people working together regardless of location.

Her three tips to become more culturally competent are:

  1. Slow down. Ask what you don’t know. Although you might not know what you don’t know (a blind spot) still ask questions and more questions. When working virtually, you can create a Holiday Calendar. Holidays are important in every country and this way you can find out more about the other culture by asking why the holiday is and how it is celebrated.
  2. Create a “Personal Map”; like a mind map, but then you put your name in the middle. Around your name, you write things about yourself. But you don’t explain it yourself, you let your virtual team members ask what they see. This is a great way to get to know each other and do virtual team building.
  3. Create a virtual water cooler or  “Kitty talk” (this is explained in the podcast). This means that you simply pick a time when you all meet online and just chat. Not about work per se. This can be about everything.

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Chris Smit

I'm passionate about Cultural Difference. I have been helping organizations save time and money when they work Internationally for the last 19 years. I have had the fortunate opportunity to hold lectures, workshops, and consulting projects on this subject World Wide. It has made me understand my own culture much better, and appreciate the differences around the world.
I have a Master's Degree in Organisational Psychology and have lived in the USA, the Netherlands and, currently, in Belgium.
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Chris Smit
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