Dr. Mashiur Rahman

Engineering Manager

Digital Healthcare Specialist


Happy & humble human

Dr. Mashiur Rahman

Engineering Manager

Digital Healthcare Specialist


Happy & humble human

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The Benefits of Embracing Multiculturalism in a Globalized World

July 20, 2022 Diary

As a engineering leader with working experience in Japan, Singapore, USA, Bangladesh, and Vietnam, I can attest to the importance of having a multicultural mindset. In today’s globalized world, where people from different backgrounds and cultures interact on a daily basis, having a multicultural mindset is no longer a nice-to-have skill but a necessity for success.

“The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.”

– Wade Davis, Anthropologist and Ethnobotanist.

Professional Experience:


  • Learned the importance of hierarchy and respect for authority in the workplace.
  • Observed the Japanese approach to problem-solving, which emphasizes group consensus and harmony.
  • Experienced the Japanese culture of hospitality and attention to detail.


  • Encountered the cultural melting pot of Singapore, where people from diverse backgrounds coexist harmoniously.
  • Learned the importance of building trust and relationships before doing business.
  • Experienced the Singaporean passion for innovation and entrepreneurship.


  • Observed the American spirit of individualism and competitiveness in the workplace.
  • Learned the importance of clear communication and direct feedback.
  • Experienced the American culture of risk-taking and perseverance.


  • Encountered the Bangladeshi culture of collectivism and respect for elders.
  • Learned the importance of patience and perseverance in the face of adversity.
  • Experienced the Bangladeshi passion for community service and giving back.


  • Observed the Vietnamese culture of hard work and frugality.
  • Learned the importance of building rapport and trust through shared experiences and food.
  • Experienced the Vietnamese love for family and community.

Importance of Multicultural Mindset: Having a multicultural mindset is essential for success in today’s globalized world. It allows us to:

  • Understand and appreciate different cultural perspectives.
  • Communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds.
  • Navigate cultural nuances and avoid misunderstandings.
  • Build trust and establish relationships with people from different cultures.

As an engineering leader, having a multicultural mindset can help you:

  • Expand your business opportunities and reach new markets.
  • Improve cross-cultural collaboration and teamwork.
  • Enhance your leadership skills and build a diverse and inclusive workplace culture.
  • Achieve a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

In conclusion, having a multicultural mindset is no longer just a personal skill but a professional necessity. By embracing different cultural perspectives, we can become better business and engineering leaders, build stronger relationships with people from different backgrounds, and create a more connected and inclusive world. I encourage you to adopt a multicultural mindset and embrace the richness of diversity.

Further Reading

  1. “Embracing Cultural Diversity: The Key to Global Business Success” by Susan Cramm, published in Harvard Business Review: https://hbr.org/2015/05/embracing-cultural-diversity-the-key-to-global-business-success
  2. “The Importance of a Multicultural Mindset for Effective Global Leadership” by Jamie Anderson and Gabor George Burt, published in Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/iese/2018/11/27/the-importance-of-a-multicultural-mindset-for-effective-global-leadership/?sh=1a9b063a59a8
  3. “Cultural Intelligence: What It Is, Why You Need It, and How to Get It” by David Livermore, published in the Harvard Business Review: https://hbr.org/2015/06/cultural-intelligence
  4. “Culture and Leadership Across the World: The GLOBE Book of In-Depth Studies of 25 Societies” edited by Jagdeep S. Chhokar, Felix C. Brodbeck, and Robert J. House: https://www.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/culture-and-leadership-across-the-world/book232944
  5. “Building Cultural Intelligence (CQ): Nine Megaskills” by Julia Middleton, published in the Harvard Business Review: https://hbr.org/2014/06/building-cultural-intelligence-cq-nine-megaskills
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