Culture is central to everything we do, influencing our views and behaviour. It is a powerful force that deeply shapes us and the people around us – and has a huge impact on our increasingly interconnected world of business. Many teams, transactions and organisational structures are already multi-cultural and it is vital to be able to work in such an environment.
For most young people, it can be difficult to understand what this means, never having been in a truly multicultural environment. For Orbium’s Gautham Girish, multiculturalism has been part of his life for a long time.
“I have lived and worked in three countries. India, followed by Singapore for nearly eight years and the Philippines for more than two,” he says.
“These days, I coach and manage remote delivery projects out of Manila.”
His work requires him to deal with and manage people from different backgrounds. One of his current projects has 11 different nationalities. “I’ve had many opportunities to learn about cultural differences and the various perspectives that come with them. I can see these differences in how we handle issues. It is usually good to have diverse perspectives!”
For Gautham, what’s important is working as a team, not where you’re from. People accomplish better as a homogenous entity where cultures assimilate and work together towards a common goal.
“I have built many relationships over time and mostly at Orbium I work in close teams. A big part of Orbium is consulting and when we go to a client, we represent Orbium and are not individuals. Irrespective of how good an individual performs, it will not help if the unit is not performing as a whole. Although we have different backgrounds, the need to represent Orbium and not act as an individual diminishes any differences.”