The New Nomad
The New Nomad
Jan 31, 2022
Virtual Teams Across Cultures: Small Talk to Cultural Competence with Theresa Hollema | TNN41
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Globalization has become part of the modern world, but many are yet to understand how it affects their lives. Communicating with other people thousands of miles away is a breeze. You can even find out about events happening around the world from the comfort of your home. All you need is an internet connection. Theresa Hollema, author of the book Virtual Teams Across Cultures: Create Successful Teams Around the World, would agree that distance is not a barrier anymore.

In this episode of The New Nomad, our hosts Andrew Jernigan and Allen Koski, together with Theresa,  talked about the pros and cons of having a globally located team. They discussed the strategies to build camaraderie within the team and how to make every workday more fun with activities created for a culturally diverse team. This episode is extremely helpful for everyone working remotely to understand the challenges and create workarounds for a more fun and productive team environment. Truly worth listening to!

[1:55] What are you grateful for?

[4:51] The role of technology in globally located teams

[13:59] Overcoming our unconscious biases

[23:43] Diversity could lead to creativity

[26:21] Being vulnerable and making the human connection

[32:13] We all make mistakes


Theresa Hollema is the author of “Virtual Teams Across Cultures: Create Successful Teams Around the World” and speak, write and blog about current developments in the field. As a consultant, trainer, facilitator, and team coach, she focuses on supporting leaders and teams to develop cultural competence, improve team collaboration and succeed virtually.

Theresa sees value in the science-practice link and her approach is to translate concepts and models based on research into practical business solutions. Her work can take different forms depending on your needs: team development programs, corporate academy programs, custom-designed workshops, online team support, speaking engagements. The impact of the work leads to improvements in innovation, leadership, performance, and team collaboration.

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