Level up Your Intercultural Awareness


Part 2


Making a Modern Project Manager


By Yasmina Khelifi

Paris, France

In the conversations on my podcast my guests often talked about intercultural training and how helpful it can be for collaborating with people.

Take intercultural training

Overcome Stereotypes

I’ve been working in an international environment for 20 years, but I only did my first intercultural training in 2019! I came to this idea quite late. Since then, I have taken part in several intercultural training courses and found them fascinating. Some of my colleagues asked me, ‘Does intercultural training stereotype cultures? What do you really learn from that?’

Here is how Erin Meyer reacts to this argument in her book The Culture Map:

“If you go into every interaction assuming that culture doesn’t matter, your default mechanism will be to view others through your own cultural lens and to judge or misjudge them accordingly.” – Erin Meyer, New York Times bestselling author and Professor at INSEAD

What I particularly like in intercultural training is the possibility of understanding my own culture better, as well as that of others.

Get to know the dimensions of national cultures


National cultures use frameworks with dimensions. It can give you some hints for approaching work situations.

Geert Hofstede defines a model with 6 dimensions described here.

You can also ‘compare’ countries in the same graph here.

I included France, Germany, and the UK, some countries that are close, and yet different.

Dr. Andy Molinsky goes further by not only focusing on differences between national cultures.


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Editor’s note: This series of articles is by a project manager for Gen X, Y and Z project professionals.  The author Yasmina Khelifi is a project manager with a large multinational telecom in France while also an active PM professional, authoring articles, interviews and a popular LinkedIn blog as well as a podcast with a global audience.  Also active in PMI France for many years, she has been an international correspondent for the PMWJ since 2021. We are delighted that she has agreed to author a series of articles based on her personal experiences over the last decade.

How to cite this paper: Khelifi, Y. (2023). Level up Your Intercultural Awareness (Part 2), Making a Modern Project Manager, series article, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue VII, July. Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/pmwj131-Jul2023-Kheilifi-level-up-your-intercultural-awareness-part-2.pdf

About the Author

Yasmina Khelifi

Paris, France


Yasmina Khelifi, PMP, PMI- ACP, PMI-PBA is an experienced project manager in the telecom industry. Along with her 20-year career at Orange S.A. (the large French multinational telecommunications corporation), she sharpened her global leadership skills, delivering projects with major manufacturers and SIM makers. Yasmina strives for building collaborative bridges between people to make international projects successful. She relies on three pillars: project management skills, the languages she speaks, and a passion for sharing knowledge.

She is a PMP certification holder since 2013, a PMI- ACP and PMI-PBA certification holder since 2020. She is an active volunteer member at PMI France and PMI UAE, and a member of PMI Germany Chapter. French-native, she can speak German, English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and she is learning Arabic. Yasmina loves sharing her knowledge and experiences at work, in her volunteers’ activities at PMI, and in projectmanagement.com as a regular blogger. She is also the host and co-founder of the podcast Global Leaders Talk with Yasmina Khelifi to help people in becoming better international leaders.

Yasmina can be contacted at https://yasminakhelifi.com/ or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasminakhelifi-pmp-telecom/

Visit her correspondent profile at https://pmworldlibrary.net/yasmina-khelifi/

To view other works by Yasmina Kehelifi, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/yasmina-khelifi/