Agnieszka Kotucz – Intercultures in Poland
What brings you to the field of international competence development?
I am a trainer and facilitator. At some point of my career I realized that most of my clients / participants are multinational. As a result, I started looking for the factors responsible for an effective intercultural cooperation and that turned out extremely interesting and became one of my favorite field of expertise.
How might intercultures’ customers find you unique?
I find my unique approach in combining many developmental methods in order to create solutions that are effective in multinational organizations. I use my experience in working in multicultural teams, mostly virtually, to help my clients.
What do you like about working with intercultures?
The passion I see in every colleague from intercultures is contagious and always inspires me. I also love the fact that theory and reality are so closely combined in intercultures, that models are created based on both real life examples and research.
In a globalal context – why do you think is your work – and our work together important?
To start global change we need local activities. From my point of view it is very important to work with teams to raise awareness among their members about how their behaviors may be seen, how they influence others and understand why others behave the way they do. Even a basic level of intercultural competence can help to building global multicultural cooperation and understanding for each other. This is the responsibility I feel commited to in each of my trainings or facilitations.
What is the special market situation in Poland?
We are a diverse market. On the one hand there are huge corporate organizations hiring young well-educated people. They invest in the development of their employees, they are multinational and aware of the need to build intercultural competences. On the other hand there are many small and medium sized companies in Poland, that are still learning what the role of HR strategy in an organization is, and they meet more and more challenges while entering the global market. They realize that there is a need of bringing the intercultural factor into the equation as their export activities are growing.