Inclusive Global Teams: Bridging Distance and Disconnection

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Concurrent Session
Inclusive Global Teams: Bridging Distance and Disconnection
10/21/2020 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM |
Track: Inclusive Hiring & Employee Well-being

| Intended Audience: Experienced
Workplace Application:
How effective global teams can develop a shared language and the social connections that support inclusion, collaboration and productivity. 

For global teams, physical distance often prevents cooperation and connection. Diverse languages and cultures create stumbling blocks to openness and acceptance of new ideas from all sources. Across the world EnPro Industries, a global manufacturer, invests in human connection, fostering curiosity, humility and psychological safety. Learn about the approaches EnPro uses to nurture an authentic idea meritocracy, inviting new voices, deepening interpersonal skills and supporting inclusion and productivity in global teams.

Learning Objectives:

  • To foster the humility necessary for colleagues to value and consider other perspectives, companies need to develop individual AND collective cultural competence skills, not individual skills alone.
  • Sustainable collective learning requires a safe space and an indirect approach to practice difficult conversations and build the psychological safety to raise challenging issues.
  • Effective collaboration significantly reduces the extraordinary efforts many companies spend in backchanneling, permitting teams to repurpose their efforts toward collective pursuits with global impact.
  • EnPro's practice demonstrates the importance of involving the entire organization - from the CEO to the front line - in developing the relationships and connections needed to ensure collaboration and productivity across difference.
  • Experience an interactive introduction to Books@Work, a learning tool that EnPro uses across the organization to deepen social connections, share ideas and challenge the assumptions that impede effectiveness in global and diverse teams.
Ann Smith Photo
Ann Smith, Executive Director, Books@Work
Dr. Susan E. Sweeney Photo
Dr. Susan E. Sweeney, CHRO, EnPro Industries