Journal Entry #4
The Synchronic Way of Life?
Our class lecture last Friday led me to begin pondering what kind of work structure was being implemented at my internship with AVOTRA. Without further investigation, most, myself included, would assume a synchronic work structure in my internship because of this styles prevalence in London. However, I was not witnessing many of the traits of a synchronic work environment that other students in my group where experiencing. I believed to be seeing what appeared to be a “hybrid” between a U.K. synchronic style and an American sequential style intertwined. For example, I was not seeing traits such as working on multiple tasks at once, commonly referred to as “spinning”, a synchronic trait. These realizations lead me to focus my efforts on figuring out what work structure AVOTRA was practicing.
My investigation consisted of learning more about the management and structure at AVOTRA. This proved to be the right place to look as I quickly began identifying traits and aspects at the company that were significantly different from other companies that FIE students had been working with. AVOTRA’s management consist of my boss Mr. Kelly and Mr. Htet. This is where I began to realize why the work environment is truly the “hybrid” that I believed it to be. Mr. Kelly being an American was raised to follow a sequential work schedule. On the other hand, Mr. Htet a native Londoner implemented the synchronic way of business throughout his upbringing. The next workday, I had a conversation with Mr. Kelly regarding this issue. I learned, to my surprise, that he himself had massive confusion about the synchronic work environment upon first working in the U.K. I felt relieved that I was not the only one in AVOTRA that was experiencing this dilemma.
Mr. Kelly then proceeded to give his lecture again on being adaptable to other styles of conducting business abroad. Initially, I felt as though this was extremely redundant. Mr. Kelly obviously knew my focus was fading as he told me “Matt, listen… I know this is boring stuff but it will make you very successful someday if you can master this skill.” I began to understand what he was trying to what seemed to be “drilling” in my head. Adaptability in the business world cannot be stressed enough in its importance. Everywhere I work domestically and aboard in my future endeavors I will have to adapt to some degree. I look forward to what else I will have to adapt to in my final weeks at AVOTRA.
-Matthew A. Powell