Speech: Cultures of Compliance (EU Chamber Shanghai)
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About the Event
Those who hoped information technology to swiftly make the globe more compliant were both right and wrong. Yes, multinational firms can now plug Brussels and Bangalore into the same AI-powered data system, or reach whistle blowers at the safest and scariest locations. But while some business functions produce reassuring data flows, others become more unpredictable due to disruption, lean practices and ever-faster reaction loops to diverse and volatile markets. Within companies, these two trends seldom fit together seamlessly. Managers who want to take their solutions to the future need to know more about the dynamics and cultures of certainty and uncertainty.
In his keynote speech, intercultural leadership consultant Gabor Holch demonstrates how diverse national, professional and corporate cultures trigger tugs of war over issues as obvious as legal, financial and CSR (corporate social responsibility) compliance. He also shows why such conflicts escalate and become emotional. He then introduces a simple mapping method of clashing personal values, national and professional cultures that leaders can use not only to plan their own solutions but also to train their organisations in constructive approaches. Gabor brings cases from his 17-year consulting experience in China and Asia, where fundamental values like tradition, competition, agility and wellbeing seem to clash with compliance.