Plus3 Global Projects

Blog Post 3

MAY 24th, 2021

Jhoan Rivera

1 –  What is challenging about working cross-culturally in a virtual setting? What are the positives? 


In my opinion, work in a cross-cultural setting is a very interesting experience, because you can get different perspectives about the same issue; you can “passively” enrich your knowledge, just listening to the ideas that your mates put forward. In this kind of environment, you learn how to look at things differently than you are used to, which is a valuable skill in my opinion.


Letting the work aside for a bit, I also find it nice to meet people of the US and get a grasp on how life is there, by listening to them, ‘cause I want to someday also live and work there. Last but not least, I do enjoy this opportunity of practicing my english communication skills in a professional environment.


Of course, as with everything in life, nothing is perfect. I think a lot of people might agree with me in the fact that sometimes is not the same to work virtually than in person; for me, it’s way better in person than it is virtually. But on the other hand, at least for me, should this program not be virtual I could not be able to make it to the classes. So, to be honest, they’re a lot more pros than there are cons, and I am enjoying the program so far.


2 –  How are you actively building trust with your teammates and your client when some may not be from your home culture? 


I think is difficult to be able to trust someone in a personal way in such a short amount of time, however, you can get to know a little bit about their work culture and their talents; so, once you identify whether someone is good at something, then you can rely on, that person will get the work done.


So basically, I think that the way to build trust professionally is to show your talents and abilities so everybody can acknowledge them and that way trust your work style.


3 – As an individual on a team, how are you prioritizing and expressing your recommendations during the upcoming “Advocacy” phase of case consultation?


I think despite the differences in culture and manners, we as a group have been able to communicate our ideas properly and come up with the best solution mixing the ideas of everybody. So, for instance, if we are in a meeting and someone has a question or something to add, all it takes is to ask or start exposing the ideas and we all are going to be receptive and try to refine and give our views.


So basically, in my case, all I have to do is prepare for the meeting and take note of my ideas and recommendations; when the time comes, communicate them to the team in one of our meetings and pay attention to their replies ‘cause almost always are loaded with other good ideas as well.

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