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Project Manager : Project Manager Dec Jan 2013
time to have conversations, meetings or events that go beyond deliverables, and recognise that hierarchy and respect for position is even more important in eastern cultures than your own. While open and free debate may be encouraged in western cultures, it may be dangerous territory in Asia. Consider the long-ter m orientation and risk aversion in easter n culture when estimating work or managing risk. Understand that a focus on long-ter m outcomes can change the importance of immediate deliverables or a critical path. Have an open conversation early on about risks and adjust your own understanding, plans and tolerance levels. When it comes to managing teams, be aware of the importance of collectivism and femininity. For example, it is important to achieve consensus before mandating decisions. Ensure you are managing, recognising and rewarding team perfor mance as much, if not more, than individual performance. When the Australia in the Asian Century white paper is released, take some time to read the ndings. e Asian Capable Workforce Study by Asialink is also an excellent resource with important insights on skills you should build. When you do get the chance to work on a project exposed to Asia, make the most of the opportunity to build your cultural literacy as much as your functional or technical knowledge. Studies like Hofstede's provide important insights, but they are only a starting point in developing your cultural expertise, which may one day become just as important as your technical expertise. ••• www.aipm.com.au Project Manager 15
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