Gugin Course module: The Global Project Manager

3 Hours excluding Breaks – 1 Facilitator – 20 People maximum

Prerequisites for attending

The attendees are expected to have personal cross-cultural experiences. They are also expected to have experiences as a leader or manager where they could not solve a culturally related problem.

It is also a prerequisite that Cultural Intelligence 1 a Cultural Intelligence 2 have been completed.

After the Course

After the course the attendees will know a different and much more rewarding way of resolving culturally related conflicts.


A classroom is needed with Whiteboard and a projector where a computer can be connected

This course module addresses the special cross-cultural challenges project managers of global projects are facing. Project managers typically only have a short-term relationship with their teams with the one goal to complete a project. Depending on our cultural preferences we do however have very different interpretations of what is important. For some finishing on time is the most important and for other it is the quality of the delivery. Most project managers will claim they are aiming at delivering the agreed quality within the timeframe. The reality is we have to compromise and reschedule.

When you as a project manager has a monocultural team, there is a high level of agreement and support behind the decisions and prioritisations the project manager makes. But when you manage a very diverse group of people you have new leadership challenges like:

  • How do everybody agrees on what is important
  • How do you as a project manager communicate so that the message is understood the right way across the boardglobal_project_manager
  • How can you turn the cultural diversity into your advantage?

In this module the global project manager will become aware of these challenges and opportunities and learn how to identity and tackle them before they set the project back.

Topics covered in The Global Project Manager

  • Cultural challenges to Global Projects
  • Our relationship with time
  • Making sure messages are received as intended
  • One-size doesn’t fit all when it comes to cross-cultural communication

Facilitation style of The Global Project Manager

The workshop will be facilitated in such a way that the participants experiences will be blended with the academic content presented by the facilitator. There will also be individual reflection exercises when each participant is developing his or her action plan for change in order to become more cultural intelligent.

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