Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Intercultural Business Relationships

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities" Stephen R. Covey

During these last few weeks, I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet some very extraordinary people at various business events.  With hundreds of people in attendance, my first thought was what a diverse and interesting group that the business world looks like today in 2015.  It’s not the same as when I began my career 20 years ago, and we’re all so much better for it, I believe.  

To me, this is an important time in our city and our country to continue to celebrate the importance of diversity in the workforce as we continue to strive for equality in the office and beyond.  Workplace diversity however is only the first step.  As our offices and meetings become more populated with a blend of people of all colors and from all walks of life; the same goes for our business neighbors, colleagues and contacts.  Diversity spawns intercultural communications and partnerships.   As businesses and people merge--- there are more connections to be made.  With more connections, more frequent communications are required.  More communication requires better understanding.  Greater understanding requires sensitivity.  To navigate these waters successfully, a thoughtful approach is required.

At NextGen, we are constantly working with people from all over the world.  It is important in the technology business that things happen quickly, however some things require careful time and attention.  Those things are not really things at all, it’s people who require time and attention, and its people who really make our business happen. As part of our mission and values at our firm, we embrace a corporate culture guided by honesty and integrity. As a company, we have found our "True North,” our own corporate compass that helps us stay on track, maintain ethical business practices and promote integrity in the workplace.  This has never been more important than it is today, as we expand our global network with personal communications that happen each day.  

Multicultural business relationships are something we already excel at, at NextGen, but there is always room to grow, change and do better in our everyday business activity. At NextGen we are always looking to the future and innovative ways to grow our company and better our firm, for our staff, our clients and our consultants.

At NextGen we know that diversity works and in a recent Forbes study it was stated that 85% of companies with more than $500 Million in annual revenue strongly agree that Diversity is crucial to fostering innovation in the workplace and that 78% of companies plan to incorporate Diversity initiatives in their overall innovative business goals in the next three years.

According to Qualigence International, one of the largest recruitment research and professional search firms in the country, reports that the global ethnic makeup of the workforce is changing at a rate faster than anyone has anticipated, and that by 2050, there will be no racial or ethnic majority in the United States.  They also report that North America and Europe are only expected to produce 3% of the world’s new labor force over the next 10 years and that minorities are the fastest growing part of the labor force.   

Last month, I introduced you to our Chamba USA initiative.  By 2050, Latinos will account for up to 30% of the US population. This new service offering which includes bringing on board the best and brightest IT talent from Mexico, is an example of how we at NextGen are preparing for future climate changes in the workforce and maintaining a competitive edge.  This program supports our own diversity goals at our firm and is part of our strategy in maintaining a sustainable future.

At NextGen, we believe that business success is evidenced not only by a strong bottom line but by sound and ethical business practices which put people first…people from all cultures in this new world of intercultural business. 

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