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What is the first thing that comes to mind when discussing Italy? Amazing food, art, culture, fast cars, the pope, Romans, and so much more. Italy is a country with an impressive history, and this has made its people very unique. You might know some second-generation Italians, but do you know the real native Italian?
In this podcast episode, I speak with native Italian intercultural trainer and consultant Maura di Mauro about working with Italians. We dive deeper into the Italian culture and mentality and what makes hiring, working with or having Italians in your remote team can bring value to your business or your workday.
About the guest
Maura di Mauro is a passionate Intercultural, Diversity & Inclusion and Sustainability Trainer and Consultant. She is a GDEIB Assessor and Practitioner and one of the Intercultural Cities Network’s expert consultants.
She is a lecturer of Intercultural Management at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and several other universities, with Bachelor, Master and PhD courses.
She is involved in international research activity on topics of her interests; and in teachers’ intercultural training programs for embracing intercultural educational practices and for the internationalisation of higher education.
She enjoys working in international and multicultural environments, supporting people and organisations to develop their intercultural and global sustainable leadership skills, and co-design customised DEI Strategies to create visible changes. She also enjoys putting her creativity into developing customised training programs, together with didactical activities and tools, such as games, videos, and MOOCs.
She loves today's possibility of working hybrid; however, she still believes in the power of experiential in-person training groups activity, where "real" intercultural encounters can take place.
She is the co-author of the book "Feeling Italian" and co-leader of the project with the same title. The book was written based on an international photo contest about what it means to feel like Italians today in a global world; based on the book, training programs aimed at developing intercultural and global skills were further developed, together with the didact video "Feeling Italian. Citizens in a multicultural society".
She deeply believes that a strong theoretical framework, research and a continuous learning approach can make a difference in the field. This is one of the reasons why she wrote several publications between books, articles, research reports and training toolkits on intercultural training and diversity and inclusion.
She uses Italian, English and Spanish as working languages. Nowadays, she lives in Milan, Italy, the city she considers an international hub. For educational and work reasons, she has lived in the Netherlands, the UK, Spain, Malta, Kuwait, USA.
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👉 Full episode transcript and details
The working with us podcast is a podcast by global business strategist Paul Arnesen, created to learn and educate professionals, businesses and others about how it is to work with people from different nationalities.
As the world has become ever more globalised in the last decades, and the previous few years with the rise in remote work, the knowledge and understanding of how to work more efficiently in global teams is more critical than ever.
Established companies need to re-educate themselves as they welcome a new generation with a global mindset, and there are new start-up companies with global dominance as their goal. An often forgotten aspect of international expansion is knowledge and experience working with someone different from their work culture.
By listening to the interviews on the Working With Us podcast, we hope to give you an easy and digestible way of learning about other cultures' work habits and cultural quirks.
In addition, we hope