Integrating diverse perspectives is not synonymous with compromise. Compromise is defined as “an agreement or settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions” (Merriam-Webster). Essentially, each party has to give something up in a compromise. While compromise may be one way to integrate diverse perspectives where there are incongruent goals, many times in cross-cultural situations the goals are not necessarily incongruent. They are simply not understood or fully explored, leading people to assume compromise is the only way forward.
Dr. Jennie Walker is Director of Global Learning for the Najafi Global Mindset Institute at Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is also leads the consulting firm Luminary Global L.L.C. Her research and work focus on the most effective methods to develop individual and teams for success in complex, diverse, and increasingly global environments. She has worked in human resources development since 1995 and began specializing in corporate leadership development in 2002, designing and delivering leadership programs for several Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries. Dr. Walker is a frequent presenter at professional conferences, including SHRM, Academy of International Business (AIM), American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), and the American Educational Research Association. She has been published in AIB Insights, The MBA Women’s Guide to Success, and Human Resources People and Strategy Journal. Her book, “Developing Your Global Mindset: The Handbook for Successful Global Leaders” is widely available June 2013. Dr. Walker is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Denver.
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