Integrating Multicultural Global Issues into the Corporate Culture

February 2, 2016


Topic: “Integrating Multicultural Global Issues into the Corporate Culture”

Kalamazoo – Thursday, November 12, 2015


  • Difference in resolving conflicts
  • Written contracts might not have value
  • Different implementation
  • Interface?
  • Diluted Culture
  • Silicon Valley – How we deal with each other
  • Google – had diversity/loose culture.  18 months later they found out it was not working.
  • Client base – will they outsource it and hang you out to dry?


  • Protect your core values
  • Integrity
  • Quality
  • Relationships internally and externally
  • Expertise  – with full focus
  • Accountability
  • Excellence
  • Good Ethics
  • Take A Way
  • Protect your storehouse.
  • What is the real culture?  Evaluate it and decide what your essential culture is.
  • Do the people you deal with feel heard?
  • Assimilate

Grand Rapids – Thursday, November 12, 2015

Factors that influence multiculturalism and diversity within the corporate culture:

  • West Michigan feels like a microcosm of diversity, in that heavily influenced by the reformed culture
  • Growing trend in West Michigan includes increased diversity among communities and regions
  • Current issues in the news, including Missouri University, increase the visibility of cultural diversity and societal influence

Challenges related to integrating a multicultural global culture into the corporate setting:

  • There are so my different ways to define “diversity” including cultural, socioeconomic, gender, ethnicity,
  • a Board of Directors must be bought into the vision of diversity
  • unfamiliarity with specific cultures and backgrounds may lead to “blind spots”

Solutions related to integrating multicultural mindset in the corporate setting:

  •  Help the board by into the vision of multicultural mindset and diversity
  •  bring on the right stakeholders, donors, and others that understand and see the vision with you
  • personally embrace the vision for diversity, in your personal life as well as corporate leadership
  • embrace “diversity and thinking” as you accept unique perspectives from a broad set of issues and ideas
  • let your corporate vision be the unifying force, pulling together people from all walks of life and backgrounds
  •  remain curious, always seeking to learn from others

Personal application:

  • develop a “welcoming mindset” to people who are different than you, as you seek to learn from them and understand their cultural context
  • be intentional about visiting other cultural contexts and experiences, to help bring you out of your comfort zone.
  • Be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in opportunities for crossing cultural barriers, personally and professionally
  •  be respectful of the individual, without compromising your personal core values.

Holland – Wednesday, November 11, 2015


  • recognizing different areas we spent some time defining multicultural
  • lots of time we have a common base to start with
  • have to be careful with what we don’t know
  • rules of business are common (English)
  • hurt and brokenness do not have cultural boundaries
  • lack of trust
  • time schedule


  • find the common ground
  • exposure is huge
  • listen more talk less
  • treat this as an opportunity to learn


  • find the common ground
  • exposure is huge
  • listen more talk less
  • treat this as an opportunity to learn
  • hurt and brokenness do not have cultural boundaries

Detroit – Thursday, November 12, 2015

How do you integrate different generational cultures (i.e. millennials) you need to adapt by how do you adapt without compromising the values of the culture?

Different personality style, are not cultural differences

Businesses need to adapt to their customer who may have a different culture

Army is a good example of bringing different cultures together. They fight together regardless of culture.

What is a common denominator values that crosses different cultures?

  • The pursuit of excellence
  • The pursuit of happiness
  • Respect for the dignity of each person

Detroit metro area a good example of a multi-cultural community