You are colleagues. Working in global teams. Interacting in and across cultures. Your success is dependent on cross-border collaboration. And that collaboration, in turn, is based on you and your colleagues understanding each other.


On average, how many additional hours per week do you need to clear up cultural misunderstanding? Emails. Meetings. Videocalls. Let’s say at least one hour.

Not dramatic? Multiply that extra hour times forty-eight workweeks in a year. That’s three eight-hour days. Each and every year. Wasted. Unnecessary. Avoidable.

But wait, what if collaboration went smoothly? You would not only not waste time. You would save time. You and your colleagues would be faster and better!


There is no need to spell out the negative impact on motivation when cross-border collaboration is demanding too much time and is taking too much energy.

At best you’re slogging through the work. At worst you’re looking for ways to avoid it. You might even be looking to leave the company. That’s not good for anyone.

Let’s make it the opposite. You want to work in cross-border teams. You enjoy collaborating with colleagues in other regions. You are energized and motivated.


When cross-border collaboration doesn’t go well it can mean over budget, over schedule, delivering poor quality results, or a combination thereof. Not good for the team.

Take your current cross-border project. Go over budget by just 5%. Go over schedule by 5%. Reduce quality by 5%. Or any combination thereof. Certainly not good.

Let’s flip the scenario. Budget 5% under. Schedule 5% earlier. Quality 5% higher. Or any combination thereof. Good for the team, the company, most importantly for you.

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