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A number of studies on the development of intercultural skills and competences have shown that first-hand experience of ‘otherness’ and even sojourns in a foreign country are not sufficient conditions to foster interculturality.
Both study abroad and intercultural education literature state that, in addition to experience, intercultural learning needs reflection and analysis, and that immersion in a different culture does not in itself reduce stereotypical perceptions of otherness.
Interculturality does not mean comparing two or more countries, nor learning to adapt to a specific ‘national culture’.
Rather, the concept implies, for example:
- Understanding how different types of identities (eg gender, age, racial, ethnic, national, geographical, historical, linguistic) impact on communication with others
- Interpreting what people say about their culture as evidence of what they wish others to see about themselves, rather than as the ‘truth’ about a particular culture
- Exploring the role of power in dominant discourses (media, political, institutional) and reflect on how these discourses affect the way we perceive people from other backgrounds.
THE two most popular words in the business lexicon are probably “global” and “leadership”. Put them together and people in suits start to salivate. Read more about this article : See on Scoop.it – Global Leaders
The cult of the global leader is spreading ! But more responsibilities come with the job.
Globalization is not a static concept. What you knew about fast developing countries like Russia and its cultural differences in term of consumer taste, regulations, politics or technology is obsolete after one year or two, so how do you monitor those changes in more than 60 countries if you are the top executives of true global companies ?
Global leaders need to live abroad at least 2-3 years in key countries to really understand local cultures, traveling is not a substitute for being an expat.
I cannot agree more with this statement:
“If leadership has a secret sauce, it may well be humility. A humble boss understands that there are things he doesn’t know. He listens: not only to the other bigwigs in Davos, but also to the kind of people who don’t get invited, such as his customers”
What makes a business leader a true global business leader?
See on www.economist.com
In this article, Anna Tavis, head of talent and development at Brown Brothers Harriman champions global experience over education as the key to success in global business.
I agree with her an international executive MBA program is not enough to make you a global executive, the same way that you don’t learn swiming by studying how world champions win a gold medal at the Olympics. You need to get wet and get tough challengers.
You can’t stop globalization even if you close borders and build walls made with bricks and mortars ! The internet, and social media make the world more and more connected everyday. Maybe your company is based in the U.S. but vendors might be in India, and customers in more than 40 countries. That’s why multinational companies need employees able to think globally but communicate locally with cultural sensitivity. I like to use the term “glocalization” to instill the idea that global products and services need to be designed in the early stages of research and development with cultural sensitivity too.
Do you want an international career and become a global executive?
You need a vision, a purpose and a road map: This is valid for career planning in general but most specifically if you want to win the global talent war you need to plan ahead, learn new languages, get exposed to different cultures via international working assignments. Be prepared to shift every 3 years and chose emerging markets before expats become a commodity in those countries. No matter how old you are you need to give permission to yourself to have dreams, explore your possibilities and identify your options. We all have choices but we need to use our imagination to see them. Once you know where you want to be, then put your strategic thinking at work to identify your goals strategy and action plan to get you there.
If you are still in college, learn key languages maybe Mandarin, Spanish, Brazilian or Russian will be a good choice in today’s economy. Find an internship or a job abroad for minimum one year.
If you are already a manager employed in a multinational companies, become the first on the list to be picked-up for an international assignment by participating in global projects and working with multicultural teams.
Learning a new language should not depends on age, you don’t need to be fluent but it is important to understand how a language is structured to get some clues about cultural values and unspoken social rules or business etiquette. You can learn about the fundamental cultural dimensions from colleagues or local intercultural clubs and online through many specific forums.
Keep learning in a large variety of topics every day is also key to become a global asset as you need to be highly flexible. Switching job functions from R&D to marketing and operation management is mandatory as much as living in various countries.
Related article: Why White Men Can’t Lead ? (zestnzen.wordpress.com)
See on blogs.hbr.org
“To lead the people, walk behind them” -Lao-Tzu
Those among the largest corporations in the world managed to surf on the wave of globalization and continue to grow despite the financial crisis mainly through their developments in emerging markets like in Asia or Brazil.
They also have the right innovation strategy and manage their operations globally across cultures and markets leveraging their global assets.
As Global markets become more competitive and intertwined, companies are trying to standardize and optimize global business processes with better leverage their global assets and talent pool.
Are You Getting The Full Potential from Your Employees?
What Do You Do To Grow Your Global Talent Pool ?
- Harvard Business: HBR Economic Survey: Little Hiring Growth Planned for 2012 (blogs.hbr.org)
- Gen Y and America Have a Bright Future (psychologytoday.com)