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PSPMI Mix and Learn – Leading with Brain in Mind: What science reveals about leading across cultures

July 13, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Red Lion Hotel Bellevue
11211 Main St.

You are invited to Puget Sound PMI's signature networking event, which enables managers to share ideas and form relationships in their community and with hiring companies.  Engage in discussions with peers on topics of technical project management, leadership, and strategic and business management while enjoying complimentary hors d'oeuvres. We encourage meeting new people and developing relationships. Managers have benefited from these mixers and some have found employment as a result of relationships started at these events.

Delicious hors d'oeuvres will be served and a no-host bar will be available.

This month Samad Aidane will be joining us to give an enlightening talk titled:

“Leading with Brain in Mind -
What science reveals about leading across cultures”

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, Emirate, Airlines, and HP and presented at international conferences, such as Project Management Institute Global Congresses and Oracle OpenWorld.

“Leading with Brain in Mind -
What science reveals about leading across cultures”

As globalization continues to gain speed and strength, the 'one-size-fits-all' approach to leadership is no longer sufficient to effectively engage an increasingly diverse, multicultural, and international array of project stakeholders. What makes you successful in one culture may be the exact reason you struggle when leading across cultures.

More than ever before, the capacity to manage and leverage cultural differences is becoming an increasingly important skill for individuals at all levels of the organization and especially for project managers.

Drawing from the growing body of research in cognitive, social, and cultural neuroscience, the presentation will introduce a framework for understanding how culture shapes the brain and the core cultural dimensions that drive thoughts, emotions, and behavior in culturally diverse teams.

You will gain fresh insights to help you examine your culturally learned assumptions about leadership and practical strategies to adapt your communication and leadership styles to the demands of culturally diverse environments.

Learner Objectives:

Recognize the challenges of leading in a cross-cultural environment and gain a better understanding of the essential leadership skills for leading culturally diverse teams and stakeholders

Understand how culture shapes our definition of dignity and respect and the implications for engaging culturally diverse teams and stakeholders

Gain practical strategies for how to adapt your communication and leadership styles to the needs and demands of culturally diverse teams and stakeholders

Parking: Free parking at Red Lion Hotel, Bellevue.

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$40.00 Member General Admission (advance registration)
$50.00 Member General Admission (at the door)
$35.00 Earlybird rate before June 18

$15.00 Non-member General Admission (advance registration)
$25.00 Non-member General Admission (at the door)