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Leading with Cultural Intelligence: How culture shapes the brain and implications for leading across borders and cultures

September 16, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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Mercer Island Community Center
8236 SE 24th St.
Mercer Island, WA

Puget Sound PMI is proud to announce a new workshop on Leading with Cultural Intelligence:

As globalization continues to gain speed and strength, the 'one-size-fits-all' approach to leadership is no longer sufficient to effectively engage increasingly diverse, multicultural, and international project stakeholders. More than ever before, the capacity to manage and lever cultural differences is becoming an increasingly important skill for individuals at all levels of the organization and especially for project managers and team leaders.

Drawing from the growing body of research in cognitive, social, and cultural neuroscience, the workshop will present a framework for understanding how culture shapes the brain and the core cultural dimensions that drive thoughts, emotions, and behavior in global, virtual, and culturally diverse project environment.

Understanding these dimensions will help you make the right choice for how to approach:

  • Making decisions and solving problems
  • Reaching agreements and gaining commitments
  • Raising issues and dealing with conflict
  • Giving negative feedback and handling bad news
  • Building trust, rapport, and psychological safety

You will come away with a greater understanding of the challenges of leading and working in culturally diverse teams and how to prevent cultural misunderstanding from turning into dignity violations that erode trust and undermine performance of your culturally diverse team.

Learning Objectives:

  • Acquire a deeper understanding of own culture and how it impacts behavior in a multicultural setting
  • Build the confidence to motivate and influence stakeholders, clients, suppliers, and colleagues from different cultures
  • Learn to adapt your communication and leadership styles to the needs and demands of cross-cultural environments
  • Develop the skills to increase collaboration, trust, and team effectiveness for optimal performance
  • Gain practical tips, techniques, and strategies for overcoming a variety of common challenges of leading across cultures

Who should attend?

  • Project Managers, Functional Managers, team leaders, and line managers working in multicultural teams
  • Individual contributors working in multicultural teams or in different culture
  • Managers and leaders who are leading diverse, multicultural, and international teams


Presenter Bio:

Mr. Samad Aidane, MSc. PMP, is a cross-cultural leadership development researcher, trainer, and coach. His industry experience spans telecom, finance, health care, and government projects in the U.S., Germany, Austria, and Belgium, with organizations such as HP, Cap Gemini, Time Warner Telecom, and Telefonica.

Samad holds a Master of Science Degree in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University, U.K. His current Ph.D. research interest in Applied Neuroscience investigates how findings from social and cultural neuroscience informs our understanding of the effect of culture on emotions, cognition, and behavior and their practical application to leadership and Cultural Intelligence development.

Samad is certified by the Project Management Institute (PMP). He has been a featured speaker for organizations such as Nike, J.P Morgan, Emirate Airlines.

Other speaking highlights:

  • 2017 PMI France Speaker Tour
  • 2016 Dubai International PM Forum
  • 2014 PMI Global Congress
  • 2013 PMI Global Congress
  • 2012 PMI Global Congress
  • 2011 PMI Global Congress
  • 2012 Oracle OpenWorld
  • Frequent speaker at PMI Chapters

Presenter Contact Information:

Email: samadaidane@gmail.com
Cell#: (206) 310-1039 

Group Discounts:

Discounts can be given for groups of 5 or more. For more information contact VP Education.

Become a PMI member and receive discounted pricing on all Puget Sound PMI Chapter exam reviews, seminars and chapter events. New memberships need to be completed 48 hours before member discounts and benefits can be used.

All PMI members receive complimentary electronic versions of PMI standards, access to a wide variety of project and program management tool, as well as discounts for Puget Sound PMI Chapter events.

PDU = 8 PDUs



$275.00 PMI Members
$250.00 Earlybird rate before September 4

$300.00 Nonmembers
$275.00 Earlybird rate before September 4