The second edition of the one-day OD Conference organised by PACE OD Consulting: Fostering Collaboration Across Cultures and Generations, featured keynote sessions from Mr. Daniel Eberle, Director of IT Solutions Asia and Global IT Support of MTU Asia Pte Ltd and Mr. Chua Wei Bin, Director of Allied Health and Corporate & Community Partnerships at the National Kidney Foundation Singapore. The speakers expounded on building intercultural and intergenerational collaboration in today’s multicultural and multigenerational workforce, presenting their own experiences across their careers.
The learning points from the speakers were further enforced by engagement sessions from Dr. Peter Cheng and Dr. Lily Cheng, which provoked insightful thoughts from participants on how to foster such collaboration in their own organisations.
FOSTERING COLLABORATION ACROSS CULTURES
Mr. Daniel Eberle opened the conference by defining what is intercultural collaboration and challenged the belief that “intercultural collaboration does not work”. He skillfully elaborated on the drivers of culture and behaviour and why people blame cultural differences when teams consisting of different cultures fail to collaborate together.
“Leadership is the most critical success factor for successful intercultural collaboration” — Daniel Eberle
He then successfully asserted his claim that “leadership is the most critical success factor for successful intercultural collaboration” by describing how a leader can take action at different stages of team evolution to bring about successful collaboration, based on his years of experience in leading culturally different teams from Germany, US and Singapore to achieve success.
After the keynote session by Daniel, Dr. Peter Cheng took the stage to facilitate the “Wisdom of Crowds” activity to reinforce the learning points and invoke the participants’ own ideas on how to promote intercultural collaboration within their own organisations. It was amazing to see participants actively engaging with each other to come up with many intuitive and feasible ideas to foster collaboration.
FOSTERING COLLABORATION ACROSS GENERATIONS
After the networking lunch, Mr. Chua Wei Bin set the context for second half of the conference with the topic “Fostering Collaboration Across Generations.” He described the different values, interactive styles and working styles held by different generations of people and the reasons why intergenerational clashes happen in a diverse workforce. He closed the session with a prescription of research-based techniques and shared his personal experiences, to overcome intergenerational differences and foster collaboration among the team.
For the later half of the afternoon session, Dr. Lily Cheng engaged the delegates in an activity to discuss and reflect upon the implications of intergenerational values differences in their workplace. The discussion concluded with the delegates appreciating the characteristics and values held by their colleagues of different age groups in the workplace. Gaining more confidence to be able to collaborate better with their intergenerational colleagues, the session concluded on a high note of enthusiasm to apply their new insights gathered from the conference.
A MEANINGFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCE
The last segment of the conference was a panel discussion by our speakers, Mr. Daniel Eberle and Mr. Chua Wei Bin, Dr. Lily Cheng and Dr. Peter Cheng. Posing the panel with intriguing questions, the delegates were delighted to receive quality responses provided by the panel. The feedback from the delegates confirmed that this conference has indeed been impactful for their learning apart from the benefits of networking with fellow leaders and HR practitioners. All the delegates echoed that the discussion generated meaningful, valuable and useful insights.
One of the delegates, Kelly Chua cited, “The conference has been very insightful and enjoyable. It also brings a lot of resonance in challenges faced in the workplace. I like the sharing sessions which have given me lots of insights and ways to overcome challenges as a group.”
Jonathan Mun of NKF Singapore added, “It is quite refreshing to learn from someone who has been there and done that. It is also inspirational to learn from someone who is young and successful.”
THE NEXT OD CONFERENCE - CULTURE THAT WORKS
PACE will be hosting its third OD Conference, entitled “Culture That Works”, on 13 May, 2016. In this OD conference, delegates will get the opportunity to learn how organisations create a culture that works. They will learn about how leaders lay a solid foundational culture that is essential for organisations to thrive on the people and business challenges, toward achieving their organisational goals.
When an organisational culture is strong, attracting the right employees who are engaged and committed to delivering high business value comes naturally. So how exactly do we go about having a strong and solid organisational culture?
Join us to learn from leaders who have been there and done that - how they have laid a solid foundational culture that is essential for organisations to thrive amidst people and business challenges.
- Reflect on how culture can be espoused and role modelled by organisational leaders.
- Develop ideas on how to shape and make your organisational culture tangible to achieve organisational effectiveness.
- Be equipped with strategies to sustain a culture that works.
DATE: 13 May 2015, 9am to 530pm
VENUE: Four Seasons Hotel, 190 Orchard Blvd, Singapore 248646
Contact us at +5 6278 8289 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.