Leading with Cultural Intelligence

Leading with Cultural Intelligence

October 20, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

As globalization continues to gain speed and strength, the 'one-size-fits-all' approach to leadership is no longer sufficient to effectively engage increasingly diverse, multicultural, and international project stakeholders. More than ever before, the capacity to manage and lever cultural differences is becoming an increasingly important skill for individuals at all levels of the organization and especially for project managers and team leaders.

Drawing from the growing body of research in cognitive, social, and cultural neuroscience, the workshop will present a framework for understanding how culture shapes the brain and the core cultural dimensions that drive thoughts, emotions, and behavior in global, virtual, and culturally diverse project environment.

Understanding these dimensions will help you make the right choice for how to approach:

  • Making decisions and solving problems
  • Reaching agreements and gaining commitments
  • Raising issues and dealing with conflict
  • Giving negative feedback and handling bad news
  • Building trust, rapport, and psychological safety

You will come away with a greater understanding of the challenges of leading and working in culturally diverse teams and how to prevent cultural misunderstanding from turning into dignity violations that erode trust and undermine performance of your culturally diverse team.

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Acquire a deeper understanding of own culture and how it impacts behavior in a multicultural setting
  2. Develop a better understanding of the cultural challenges facing multicultural/cross-cultural teams and their leaders
  3. Build the confidence to motivate and influence stakeholders, clients, suppliers, and colleagues from different cultures
  4. Learn to adapt your communication and leadership styles to the needs and demands of cross-cultural environments
  5. Develop the skills to increase collaboration, trust, and team effectiveness for optimal performance
  6. Gain practical tips, techniques, and strategies for overcoming a variety of common challenges of leading across cultures


“Samad has the unique ability to integrate fundamental research from a variety of disciplines spanning neuroscience to cross-cultural business to psychology and translate that data into intriguing, actionable information. He engages his audience with his credibility, humility, and ability to connect with people from varied backgrounds and cultures. Leaders at all levels benefit from Samad’s messages about how to lead with greater effectiveness and compassion in the global workplace.”

Barbara A. Trautlein, Ph.D., Author of the book Change Intelligence,

And the originator of the CQ®/Change Intelligence® System


“Recent research in neuroscience gives us a much deeper understanding of how the brain makes decisions and arrives at conclusions, a topic that’s important to all project managers. Samad’s presentation gives a very good overview of this important topic and should be heard by all project managers.”

Frank R. Parth, MS, MSSM, MBA, PMP. Project Management Institute

Board of Directors 2010-2012 , CEO/President - Project Auditors LLC


“The presentation was engaging because it was fact based, interactive, and driven by your passion for the science and the revelations. I have discussed the presentation with several colleagues and we are all intrigued to know more!”

Colleen O’Neill, PMP, Director, Information Technology

Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research

About the Presenter


Mr. Samad Aidane, MSc. PMP, is a cross-cultural leadership development researcher, trainer, and coach. His industry experience spans telecom, finance, health care, and government projects in the U.S., Germany, Austria, and Belgium, with organizations such as HP, Cap Gemini, Time Warner Telecom, and Telefonica.

Samad holds a Master of Science Degree in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University, U.K. His current Ph.D. research interest in Applied Neuroscience investigates how findings from social and cultural neuroscience informs our understanding of the effect of culture on emotions, cognition, and behavior and their practical application to leadership and Cultural Intelligence development.

Samad is certified by the Project Management Institute (PMP). He has been a featured speaker for organizations such as T-Mobile, Nike, and Emirate Airlines.

Other speaking highlights:

  •    2017 PMI France Speaker Tour
  •    2016 Dubai International PM Forum
  •    2014 PMI Global Congress
  •    2013 PMI Global Congress
  •    2012 PMI Global Congress
  •    2011 PMI Global Congress
  •    2012 Oracle OpenWorld
  •    Frequent speaker at PMI Chapters




  • $425 Non-members
  • $325 Chapter Members
  • $175 Chapter Student Members
  • $25 Earlybird Discount for registrations by 10/2/2017
  • $50 Late Fee for registrations after 10/18/2017
  • Registration closes 10/20/2017

Registration Info

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Portland World Trade Center
121 SW Salmon
Portland, OR, 97204

Parking available at attendee's expense; continental breakfast and lunch provided.  


The course will apply to the PMP, PMI-ACP, RMP and SP. It will be 8 PDUs and the PMI Triangle breakdown will be:
  • Business/Strategy = 8 PDUs 
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Event Properties

Event Date 10-20-2017 8:30 am
Event End Date 10-20-2017 5:00 pm
Registration Start Date 08-23-2017
Cut off date 10-20-2017 11:55 pm
Individual Price $425.00
Late Fee $50.00(From 10-18-2017)
World Trade Center Portland
25 SW Salmon Street
World Trade Center Portland
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