The move comes at a significant juncture for Qatar as the country marches ahead to transform itself into a homogenous and diversified society where human capital will eventually fuel the economy. Qatar is home to well over 140 nationalities.
Kevin Lamb, Managing Partner at Keystone Global Consulting Group said: “There is a strong bottom-line case for fostering of knowledge, skills and attitudes that lead to success in Qatar’s multicultural workspaces.”
“The collaboration with KnowledgeWorkx enables us to contribute to the realization of the ambitious Qatar National Vision 2030 which pits human wellbeing and social harmony against development,” added Lamb.
KnowledgeWorkx helps leaders become more effective and key teams get “un-stuck” to reach superior levels of efficiency and effectiveness in and around the Middle East.
The company facilitates mergers that are unable to integrate their cultures to become single entity with a unified corporate culture, leading to higher returns on investment than would be possible without intercultural intelligence.
Marco Blankenburgh, International Director at KnowledgeWorkx, explains, “We specialize in helping multinational companies create an intercultural DNA throughout their organizations. We believe Keystone is ideally-suited to facilitate intercultural intelligence learning and development in Qatar. We see significant need in this market and look forward to a productive partnership with them.”
Highlighting the importance of intercultural knowledge, Blankenburgh recalled an instance where GCC nationals were being embedded into a global, internationally-regulated organization and the resultant cultural shock they received upon taking charge.
“These were sought-after, prestigious jobs, but many went into culture shock after they arrived at their new jobs. Working with them as well as with their coaches within the corporation, we spurred their integration, and also made it possible for them to integrate in a way that maintains their identity as GCC nationals.”
Further, intercultural skills open new avenues of leadership engagement as in the case of a young GCC-national woman – a key in charge of student relations at a foreign university – who’s prior knowledge of an alien culture helped her see the larger context as well as educate the international staff to understand the various intercultural complexities at play.
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