Connie Yuan teaches and conducts research in the area of organizational communication and intercultural communication. Specifically, she is interested in studying knowledge management through the development of social capital, and the adoption and usage of information and communication technology. Her recent research has focused on examining cultural differences in cognition and decision making, for instance, how American and Chinese people react differently to climate change initiatives and how they obtain health information differently. She has also explored how differences in communication styles between the East and the West influence the effectiveness of intercultural collaboration and expertise sharing. She is also has been meditating almost daily since 2012. She has trained in both Taoist and Buddhist meditation traditions.
The formal structure of a workplace inherently places limitations on how the members of certain groups access power while privileging others. Spearheading a project, leading a team, or overseeing staff requires a keen understanding of these formal structures to create inclusion in the workplace. This course is designed for leaders at any level who are seeking a heightened awareness of inclusive practices.
You will begin with an analysis of formal organizational structures, as they are extremely difficult to redesign, and understanding boundaries is a crucial starting point. You will explore questions like what do you have to work with, what structure do you have to work within, and how does this impact communication and networking? From here, you will move to diagnosing your own informal social networks within this larger context, identifying the potential shortcomings of your own networks and how you can begin to remedy them. Finally, you will focus on how to diversify the networks within your organization by exploring who you are connected to, what the limitations of those connections are, and how you can expand them. Meditation will be used throughout as an avenue for mindful self-development.
You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
- Using Mindful Meditation to Strengthen Relationships
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Individual contributors
- Global leaders
- Business leaders
- Anyone in a collaborative role, specifically interculturally