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  • My abstract "What Project Managers Need to Know When They Deal with Diversity" has been accepted for presentation at 27th IPMA (International Project Management Association) World Congress 2013 which is being held 29/09-03/10, 2013 at Dubrovnik. I am happy to share it with you below:

    “Project management requires technical knowledge and the ability to manage humans.

    Building a trustful relationship among the stakeholders and leading those involved to a common goal are necessary soft skills which can be only applied by emotionally intelligent leaders. However, with the effect of globalization the cultural dimension has gained importance in all fields of life. Project managers, even those who do not work internationally are exposed to culturally diverse environments. These circumstances require from leaders new additional skills such as cultural intelligence. Cultural intelligence builds upon the abilities of emotional intelligence, but it goes further. It is defined as “an individual’s capability to function and interact and manage effectively in culturally diverse settings and backgrounds” (Ang et al., 2007). A necessary precondition for this ability is the recognition and acceptance of differences and the awareness that our own values, norms and approaches are not absolute and universal. It leads to the understanding that there is not only one way of thinking and doing things, but that we can learn from each other. While cultural difference may be perceived as an obstacle for effective working, culturally intelligent project managers are able to transform these differences into opportunities. This paper aims at introducing the concept of cultural intelligence to project management. It emphasizes methods and ways how cultural diversity can be perceived as an asset and lead to better results”. Oya Günay, Executive Coach & Strategy Consultant

  • I have recently completed and got certified in the full suite of neuroscience-based NBI (Neethling Brain Instruments)™. The NBI™ is mainly based on the understanding of brain functioning as left vs. right hemispheres as well as cognitive vs. affective dimensions. The NBI™ is a measure of our thinking preferences, not our skills. It is a great tool which reveals how our thinking preferences has implications when we make decisions, communicate to others, work in teams and make career choices.


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