Archive for Global Leadership

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 […]

An Effective Alternative to Giving Feedback

Giving feedback is considered an essential tool for improving employee performance and productivity, in the assumption that if people know how they are doing and what they need to change, they will get better. Many organizations spend a lot of money to train their leaders to provide effective feedback. The challenge Giving feedback puts the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Funny video: German parker vs. French parker

Watch how a German businessman parks his car in Paris. And then see what happens when a French businessman parks his car instead. The first time I saw how people used to park their cars in Paris I was shocked! Having lived in Germany for 10 years, I know how Germans tend to be really […]

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 […]

What kind of Leader do YOU want to be?

I love this short video (2.41 minutes), it really gets to the point and shows the kind of leaders we need today in order to build the organizational culture we want – no matter where in the world. The big challenge Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world” Sounds simple, […]

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 […]

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