Archive for Expat Career

What your foreign reports expect from you

If you believe you know what your reports expect from you, think again: as the leader of an international team, or an expatriate leading a local team in your host country you may be quite surprised by what you don’t know. In this post I’ll share with you the interesting results from a global survey, […]

5 Key Abilities of Highly Effective Global Leaders

As a global leader, for example as an expatriate or manager working with international teams, sooner or later you will be confronted with situations that leave you disoriented and frustrated. Besides the emotional charge, such situations can have a strong impact on performance and business results. In this article you will learn why a German […]

The Key to Engaging Your Co-Workers

Why should your co-workers do what you ask them to do? Of course, you could expect them to do it simply because you are the boss. Or because your project is so important, and you assume that everyone sees it that way. Or because you ask so nicely, and think that no one can resist. […]

Why a US-Expat Executive upset her European team

A US American executive had been sent to Germany as an EMEA Finance Director. I’ll call her Mary. Her team was spread out across Europe and the Middle East, and most of their communications were via email. Mary was complaining that some members of her team  were not replying her emails, and when she met […]

3 Tips for Preventing Career Stagnation after Repatriation

I will never forget a colleague’s radical transformation as an expat executive. When I first met him back in 1994, he was based in Saudi Arabia. He told me he had been developing challenging markets and moving with his family across the Middle East and North Africa every 2 or 3 years. He reported it […]

Funny HSBC Video: Dinner invitation in China

Have you ever been invited out for dinner in China? This funny commercial shows you how cultures can collide, even with the very best intentions! For example, British people clear up their plates to demonstrate appreciation for the food. However, in a Chinese’s person’s eyes, eating all of your food demonstrates that you are still […]

The Not-So-Obvious Success of a Global Manager

Today’s world is highly connected and globalized. Managers and executives who work internationally are used to communicating and travelling across the globe, both for business and for pleasure. It would seem obvious that they automatically knew how to successfully interact with people from different nationalities and cultures. So much so that several organizations assume that […]

When to Use Coaching in Organisations

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) identified some particular organisational situations where coaching may be particularly appropriate as a development intervention: Talent Shortages: When organisations are suffering from significant skills shortages, money may be better spent developing the skills of current employees through interventions like coaching, rather than spending a great deal of […]

EPWN Munich: How to Build a Strong Partnership with Your Boss

The relationship you have with your boss is probably the most important one in your career: it affects your performance, your salary, your career advancement, as well as your work satisfaction. How can you effectively lead upwards and improve your relationship? Find out how! Join us at the upcoming event organized by the European Professional […]

How to Stay Calm and Focused When Work Gets Crazy

Frequent distractions, troubles with the team, a difficult customer can make us lose perspective and become scattered. It is easy to make bad decisions that have an impact on our work performance, and ultimately on our personal well-being. During our last Leaders Exchange we looked for ways to overcome overwhelm and stress, and to feel […]

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