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  • Claire Le Compagnon

My journey to Cultural Intelligence coaching

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

It all started 5 years ago. I was working in a corporate environment in America, and I was failing to fit in. Wether I was too French, wether I was not as good as my North American team mates. And a slow but steady decline started. At that point I didn't feel like I had a lot of options left... And it took me couple years to figure out what might be going on.

So I first asked my international team mates if they were also being challenged, and what type of solution or tips I could get from them. That was a great discovery for me, I WAS NOT THE ONLY ONE STRUGGLING! What a good feeling, maybe I was not the issue, maybe I could help myself and others by understanding better what was going on.

So I interviewed more people, from different nationalities, from different functions to get a better grasp of the challenge. And I started reading on the topic and browsing internet. One good book that I absolutely recommend is the Culture Map from Erin Meyer. It's easy and has plenty of practical examples and applications.

And eventually, I started training some of my team mates internally on Cross Cultural communication efficiency. That was my first module to introduce the concept of " oh, we are not seeing the world thru the same lenses?" to teams that were genuinely discovering the potential gaps, misunderstanding, misjudgment they could have on their international friends.

As I left the Big Corp America world for now, I took some time to acquire more knowledge and go deeper into the topic of Cultural Intelligence ( CQ). I recently got certified as a facilitator from the Cultural Intelligence Center with the help of David Livermore's team.

I will be training the Converse Inc Merchandising global team soon on that same discovery module, and I'm looking forward to it! I know teams enjoy this workshop because I make it fun, laid back and very interactive. And most of all, I'm very credible because I have been there myself, and I'm not afraid to recognize the mistake I made as an international employee engaging with culturally diverse partners.

I'm looking forward to meeting with more teams across the globe, and helping companies and individuals thrive in international environment.

Quiberon, France, photography by Leopold le Compagnon

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