#111 – Why Culture is Key When Dealing with International Teams with Janet Livingstone

Imagine a workplace where the diverse backgrounds of your colleagues enrich every project and the understanding cultural nuances becomes a superpower for collaboration.

Having travelled to 28 countries and lived/worked on five continents, Janet Livingstone recognized early on that being curious about others can bring you some of life’s most rewarding learnings. As the Founder of Culture Is Key, she’s on a mission to show us how embracing cultural diversity can forge unbreakable bonds among teams and lead to some of the most innovative solutions in business.

On this episode of The Workplace Communication Podcast, Janet and I explore intercultural collaboration, delving into the nuances that shape successful interactions within diverse teams. Janet’s wealth of experience on five continents enriches our understanding of how to bridge differences to forge resilient workplace relationships, ultimately driving meaningful results.

Join us as we embark on a journey through the heart of cross-cultural dynamics, discovering profound insights about how to nurture effective communication and teamwork in diverse teams.

Leadership tips you won’t want to miss:

🎙️ Recognizing boundary differences across cultures

🎙️ Addressing boundary differences with curiosity

🎙️ Holding intentional meetings to build team culture

🎙️ Encouraging open dialogue around cultural perspectives

🎙️ Fostering trust through open, judgment-free conversations

Janet Livingstone is the founder of Culture is Key, a consultancy devoted to leadership development, executive coaching and team effectiveness. Janet helps leaders and teams take ownership of their own development through intentional work. As a multilingual expert on intercultural competence who has lived and worked on five continents, Janet is curious about everyone. She draws on her lived experience to expand dialogue and build trust with hybrid and international teams both in established companies and startups. A former podcast host, you’ll find Janet getting everyone at meetings to laugh a little, studying jazz, finding humor in everyday observations, or traveling (she’s been to 28 countries so far).

If you’re looking to enhance cross-cultural teamwork and amplify leadership effectiveness, then this episode is for you!

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Lindsay Lapaquette, M.Sc.(A) works with middle managers who want to communicate authentically so they can effectively lead their teams without losing themselves. As a former Speech-Language Pathologist, Lindsay applies her expertise in the neuroscience of communication and connection to help managers foster an environment of trust and respect in their teams, so that everyone can bring their best selves to work.

Lindsay’s approach has been profoundly influenced by her work with First Nations organizations, her experience as a parent to two neurodivergent children, and the premature loss of both of her parents. These experiences have taught Lindsay great lessons about the power of excellent people skills that extend well beyond her professional expertise.

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Lindsay Lapaquette

Lindsay Lapaquette, M.Sc.(A) works with middle managers who want to communicate authentically so they can effectively lead their teams without losing themselves. As a former Speech Language Pathologist, Lindsay applies her expertise in the neuroscience of communication and connection to help managers foster an environment of trust and respect in their teams, so that everyone can bring their best selves to work.

Lindsay’s approach has been profoundly influenced by her work with First Nations organizations, her experience as a parent to two children with pervasive mental health challenges, and the premature loss of both of her parents. These experiences have taught Lindsay great lessons about the power of excellent people skills that extend well beyond her professional expertise.

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