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Office Location
460 Pierce St, McCone 216
Monterey, CA 93940

Email Address
pfordos@miis.edu

Phone Number
831-647-4155

Language(s)
Русский

Peter Fordos

PETER FORDOS is an intercultural consultant, trainer and coach who specializes in global leadership development. Drawing on first-hand experience, Peter offers an insider’s look at the mindset and business practices of corporations around the world. He works with Fortune 500 companies as a consultant, facilitator and intercultural coach. Peter has worked with: 3M, Apple, Audi, Avery Dennison, Boeing, Bombardier, Bosch, Chrysler, Dell, Disney, General Motors, Graebel, Honeywell, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Tetra Pak, Travelers Insurance, Valero and many other global companies. In addition, he has worked with the US Military, including the Navy Seals and the Special Boat Team.

Peter Fordos was born in the former Czechoslovakia and has been based in the USA since 2001. Peter has conducted training and speaking engagements with a focus on working in multicultural teams, leadership across cultural and business practices, covering a range of countries world vide.  He’s a faculty member at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, and an active member of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research.

Having worked and lived in six countries - and travelled to over 70 - Peter understands well the challenges that multinational companies encounter as well as the complex goals international executives must achieve while managing employees around the world. Before becoming an Intercultural trainer, Peter worked within multicultural teams in the Slovak military, in international engineering and in the travel industry. These experiences led to his passion to help global multicultural teams become effective when working across cultures and become exceptional global leaders.

1. What is it that you are most passionate about? 


My passion is to help develop the global leaders of tomorrow. Whether in business, non-profit or government, building trust and relationships across borders has become more important than ever. We must learn how to communicate effectively and efficiently across cultures in order to succeed when faced with the inevitable challenges of globalization. When inter-cultural issues are managed properly, everyone benefits.

Having grown up in a culturally diverse environment, then traveling the world to over 70+ countries and working with people from 80 different nationalities, I feel a personal stake in communicating what must be done in order to bridge cultural differences.

2. What do you enjoy most about teaching and/or what excites you about being a professor at MIIS?

MIIS plays a unique role on the international stage. The students and faculty have a direct positive effect on communities all around the world. By teaching at the Monterey Institute I have the honor of contributing my own global experience and intercultural expertise via the MIIS community. And as an alum, it gives me special pride and pleasure to teach at my Alma Mater. It’s a privilege to work with the next generation of global leaders.

 

Expertise

Global Talent & Leadership Development, Coaching Executives and Managers for Global Performance, Team Effectiveness & Performance Across Cultures, Multicultural Team-Building, Building Effective Global Teams

Education

  • M.A. IPS – Specialization International Negotiations & Conflict Resolution, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • M.A. IPS – International Trade Policy, Monterey Institute of International Studies

Languages Spoken:

Czech, Hungarian, Slovak, English, Basic Russian

Courses

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ICCO 9515 - Env Sustnablty Across Cultures      

Environmental sustainability is a global issue - one of the biggest challenges humanity is facing - and no one country can solve it alone. This workshop will focus on how to harness intercultural skills in order to achieve environmental goals domestically or across the globe. If you find yourself working in different countries or domestically with people from different cultures: Germany, Brazil, Egypt, China, India, Thailand etc., how do you get their environmental sustainability “buy in” via an understanding of their cultural behaviors, what they value and the habits that effect their belief system?

To get things done in our global village we need to take into consideration the countries and cultures of the individuals with whom we are dealing. In addition to politics, economics, policies and business practices, what are the cultural values, beliefs, habits and worldviews of one individual vs. another – eg: a Swiss person has a certain attitude when it comes to environment – and it is quite distinct from the environmental attitudes of someone from Egypt, Brazil, China, India or Thailand. What are the social norms of these cultures? Why is it that the Swiss are so strict as regards recycling policies, and how come their attitudes towards nature are different from countries where it is OK to throw trash into the natural environment and pollute? If you are asked to work with environmental issues around the world, how can you achieve your initiative through understanding the culture of the people you are dealing with?

This is a practical workshop where participants will work on a specific case of their choice to develop an initiative, taking into consideration the country and culture of the people with whom they are dealing. Students will walk away with a practical skill set immediately applicable in their work whether domestic or international. The skills learned are applicable in many settings and situations where participants find themselves dealing with sensitive and important issues across cultures.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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ICCO 9560 - Dvlp Intrcultrl TrainingInOrgs      

The workshop is a comprehensive, hands-on introduction on how to design intercultural training programs and gain the knowledge needed to design and deliver cross cultural awareness programs within organizations - whether they are educational, governmental, not-for-profit or for-profit. This workshop is designed for anyone working in domestic or global settings. Designing any training program requires specific sequencing, skills and techniques. Participants will learn methodologies of cross-cultural training design, how to analyze an audience, structure and deliver an effective cross-cultural training program. Students will have the opportunity to learn practical skills immediately applicable and increase their cross-cultural training capabilities. By learning these skills, students will expand their toolbox and become a greater asset to any organization.

Spring 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IEMG 8560 - Dvlp Intrcultrl TrainingInOrgs      

The workshop is a comprehensive, hands-on introduction on how to design intercultural training programs and gain the knowledge needed to design and deliver cross cultural awareness programs within organizations - whether they are educational, governmental, not-for-profit or for-profit. This workshop is designed for anyone working in domestic or global settings. Designing any training program requires specific sequencing, skills and techniques. Participants will learn methodologies of cross-cultural training design, how to analyze an audience, structure and deliver an effective cross-cultural training program. Students will have the opportunity to learn practical skills immediately applicable and increase their cross-cultural training capabilities. By learning these skills, students will expand their toolbox and become a greater asset to any organization.

Spring 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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IEPG 8515 - Env Sustnablty Across Cultures      

Environmental sustainability is a global issue - one of the biggest challenges humanity is facing - and no one country can solve it alone. This workshop will focus on how to harness intercultural skills in order to achieve environmental goals domestically or across the globe. If you find yourself working in different countries or domestically with people from different cultures: Germany, Brazil, Egypt, China, India, Thailand etc., how do you get their environmental sustainability “buy in” via an understanding of their cultural behaviors, what they value and the habits that effect their belief system?

To get things done in our global village we need to take into consideration the countries and cultures of the individuals with whom we are dealing. In addition to politics, economics, policies and business practices, what are the cultural values, beliefs, habits and worldviews of one individual vs. another – eg: a Swiss person has a certain attitude when it comes to environment – and it is quite distinct from the environmental attitudes of someone from Egypt, Brazil, China, India or Thailand. What are the social norms of these cultures? Why is it that the Swiss are so strict as regards recycling policies, and how come their attitudes towards nature are different from countries where it is OK to throw trash into the natural environment and pollute? If you are asked to work with environmental issues around the world, how can you achieve your initiative through understanding the culture of the people you are dealing with?

This is a practical workshop where participants will work on a specific case of their choice to develop an initiative, taking into consideration the country and culture of the people with whom they are dealing. Students will walk away with a practical skill set immediately applicable in their work whether domestic or international. The skills learned are applicable in many settings and situations where participants find themselves dealing with sensitive and important issues across cultures.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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