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Fleming, Sherwood. 2012. Dance of Opinions: Mastering Written and Spoken Communication for Intercultural Business Using English as a Second Language. Sherwood Fleming Communication.
- HRH Global Resources asks the question: ‘Why is Teamwork in Health Care Important?’
- In 2005 Nursing World produced a resource that asks important questions: If collaboration is so lauded, why doesn’t it happen more? And how are people defining ‘collaboration’?
- ‘Ten principles of good interdisciplinary team work‘, produced by Human Resources for Health, is an academic examination of team work.
- Healthcare Papers provides an academic examination of team work specifically from a Canadian perspective.
- The Global Forum’s Multicultural Work Environment report looks at ‘Culture and Its Impact on Team Effectiveness‘.
- This is a detailed look at teamwork in healthcare authored by the World Health Organization (WHO).
- The Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA): Good Practices Guide – Teams
- The CMPA also produced a useful resource for managers: ‘Shared care: issues you should consider‘.
- Another resource from the CMPA on the topic of the intersection of medicine and culture.
- This resource from the CMPA looks at how professionalism affects teamwork.
- The Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative: “A National Interprofessional Competency Framework”.
- This resource from AMN Healthcare gives some practical examples of collaborative teamwork at work in a healthcare setting.
- The Center for Creative Leadership produced a white paper on ‘Collaborative Healthcare Leadership‘.
- Sherwood Fleming’s website provides a wealth of resources on the subject of multicultural communication and teamwork. In one article she discusses a ‘universal language’ for communication grounded in five ‘speech acts’: requesting, offering, promising, declaring, and expressing an opinion.
- The MindTools website underlines the importance of collaboration in cross-cultural communication.
- George Ambler has produced ‘11 Practices of Collaborative Leaders‘. Not all of these points apply in a healthcare setting, but most do, and all are thought-provoking.
- Family Services Ottawa has produced a tip sheet about ‘Cross Cultural Communication in the Workplace‘.
In the design of this course we hoped to achieve the following objectives:
- Recognize the key characteristics of an effective interdisciplinary team
- Understand useful leadership qualities in diverse team settings
- Identify practical tools to help resolve conflicts
- Consider various cultural dimensions that impact teamwork
- Reflect on your own team processes
You’ve completed the course!
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