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Mastering Global Team Excellence

Building a standout global team is a bit like painting a masterpiece; it demands many different colors and approaches. In this case, you need the right blend of strategy, empathy, and the latest technology. These days, borders are blurring; we’re watching a global economy blossom before our eyes. Therefore, the knack for putting together a team that breaks through geographical, cultural, and linguistic boundaries is a key part of staying ahead of the competition. Drawing from the wisdom of industry pioneers, let’s discuss some actionable steps you can take to build your dream global team.

Start with a Vision

Jumping straight into team assembly without a clear end goal is like setting sail without a compass. You need a vision that not only outlines your business objectives but also paints a picture of your desired team culture. In his book Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, renowned leadership expert and author Simon Sinek  emphasizes the importance of knowing why your organization exists. He argues that this understanding is crucial for building a motivated and cohesive team that can achieve remarkable things. By grounding your team’s mission in a clear ‘why,’ he says, you can make sure every member understands their role and how it contributes to the organization’s larger goals.

Champion Diversity

Andy Molinsky  is a recognized expert on business behavior, specifically focusing on cross-cultural communication, leadership, and stepping out of one’s comfort zone.  He asserts that a global team thrives on diversity and states that fusing different viewpoints, skills, and ideas can fuel innovation and help you solve complex problems (LinkedIn). Learn to see cultural differences as assets, and nurture an environment where everyone’s voice is heard and appreciated. Diversity shouldn’t just be present; it should be celebrated and woven into your team’s identity.

Hire for Potential

Forbes Tech Council points out that successful entrepreneurs often don’t get specific degrees or follow a straightforward career path. Instead, their unique “winning formula” of individual grit and vision is usually what propels them to the top. So, why not apply this principle to team building? Investing in people who may lack traditional qualifications but who possess the right motivation and passion can be a game-changer. This approach powers an enthusiastic, innovative culture and ensures those values are passed on as the business expands.

Leverage Technology

In overcoming geographical distances, technology is your best ally. According to global software talent acquisition platform Recruitee, having the right digital tools in place for a global team is indispensable. Because your team can’t all meet in the conference room down the hall, the right tech stack is vital for project management, smooth communication, and virtual meetings, to make collaboration easy and efficient. Ensuring everyone is up to speed with these tools through proper training is just as important, which leads us to our next point.

Promote Learning and Growth

John F. Kennedy once remarked, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” I submit that because of the differences in their environments and cultures, getting your global team on the same page and helping them learn and grow together is perhaps more important than ever. To that end, you’ll need to encourage and offer ongoing education, whether through online courses, workshops, or internal knowledge sharing. Doing so will not only advance your team’s capabilities; it will also improve their morale and inspire loyalty (Wharton).

Emphasize Emotional Intelligence

A global team’s success also hinges on emotional intelligence. When team members know how to understand and manage their emotions at work, it breeds a healthier, more productive environment. In pursuit of this aim, training sessions focused on developing empathy, self-awareness, and interpersonal skills can meaningfully enhance team dynamics. An emphasis on fostering emotional intelligence paves the way for more harmonious interactions and conflict resolution, critical elements for a diverse global team that may have naturally-occurring differences of opinion.

Establish Virtual Team Building

Given the physical distances in global teams, virtual team building activities become valuable. These activities—ranging from online games to virtual coffee breaks—encourage informal bonding and camaraderie among team members located in different parts of the world. While your team members may be located in Mexico, Brazil, Germany, China, and Los Angeles, such initiatives help break down barriers, allowing team members to connect on a personal level, strengthening their professional collaboration.

Shaping a global team that shines in the market’s vast canvas requires a blend of vision, diversity, and innovation, underpinned by technology and continuous learning. Like artists who bring a masterpiece to life with each brushstroke, leaders must paint their team’s success with the colors of emotional intelligence and virtual connection. As we embrace the challenges and opportunities of a borderless world, remember that the masterpiece of a winning global team is not just in its creation but in its continuous evolution. Following these principles, you can create a globally connected, dynamic team that redefines the boundaries of collaboration and success.


By Fernando Ortiz-Barbachano

By Fernando Ortiz-Barbachano

President & CEO of Barbachano International

Barbachano International (BIP) is the premier executive search and leadership advisory firm in the Americas with a focus on diversity & multicultural target markets.  Since 1992, BIP and its affiliates have impacted the profitability of over 50% of Fortune 500 Companies.  BIP has been recognized by Forbes as Americas’ Best Executive Search Firms and currently ranks #12 and #3 on the West Coast. 


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