|Virginia, famous for ham, #2 choice today|
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
|Where can I get my mail?|
I can't set up a reading area with a comfy chair and good light, and I can't arrange our cafe table to eat when TV dinners aren't on the menu!
- Am I an adventurous eater? If you are sent on a short-term international assignment where you will be living and eating in the hotel, you may feel unhappy that the city is beyond your reach and you can't explore it in the way you want.
- How important are your intellectual pursuits? If you like to read you won't be able to go abroad with your book collection. This may seem irrelevant, but if you are unable to reference something for work (or for fun) then you may feel adrift and frustrated. It would only take 5 minutes if I had...
- What do I value about being in my home? I value having alone time. This helps me to recharge and engage with people. If I am unable to recharge I become exhausted, which leads to poor mental and physical health.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Games are great learning tool. According to Intrepid Learning, “72% of American households play games regularly.”
Creating a new world in Second Life and choosing an avatar is a fun way for you and your family to explore identity. You can learn about changes to your values and how you build relationship with people who are different from you.
Why Do You Need To Do This?
Families that stay in their home countries often don’t understand why the person who lives abroad changes. They don’t understand the need for the change. Playing an identity game online might help your family and friends understand the personal growth that you experience on an international assignment.
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
|On the streets in NYC|
If you study the development of the US national character in a foreign country you get a picture of a country which rejected British rule and promoted opportunity for social mobility. But, the class system that was rejected by the founding fathers is still present in the US. The American middle class and the union system that built it isn't transparent from American values. Reading Howard Zinn’s “The People's History of the United States,” you will get a different picture of America and Americans.
Gaining Insight into Your Host Culture
A good way to understand another countries values and institutions is to read PEST analysis. But, all the information that you encounter is important. The stories that are told to you by the locals are just as important as the values of a countries leadership.
Tip: When you feel frustrated or confused by another culture, believe that you are interpreting the situation correctly and don't fall for the trap that you are misunderstood or misunderstanding.
Thursday, 27 October 2011
|People coming together|
Changes in how we feel are being recorded. The Global Consciousness tracks global events and records how random number generators across the world are affected. When an event that impacts the world occurs, the random number generators synchronise.
• You can apply this understanding to your globalisation strategy. Theories like Global vs. Local emphasis difference, while global consciousness emphasises connection. If you use global consciousness to underpin the development of your vision of globalization, you can create a more connected organisation.
• You can shape your own mindset. Culture differences can seem unworkable, but you already know that connections between us exist. Try to connect on an emotional level to bridge the gap between your home and host countries.
• You can create connections instantly. You can setup meditation practices with your colleagues to create a connection to them that doesn't require training.
• It can help you select the right service provider. When you choose a cross-cultural training company look for a company that includes mindfullness, alternative medicine or yoga in their training. These practices promote emotional stability and connectedness on an international assignment.
Friday, 30 September 2011
- The Forum for Expatriate Management provides global compliance information on immigration, taxation, and companies providing services to expats.
- The art of the expat blog helps you understand the thoughts and feelings of people on an international assignment.
The art of the expat
Corp. Inter. Process
When you meet people online there is no geographic limitation. Do you really need to invite a stranger into your home to build a community when you can build a community of like-minded people from around the world sitting at your computer?
Is It Just Strange?
In your home country you have friends and family, but when you move abroad you need to make new friends. Couch surfing may be a way to build a life with people who appreciate your wanderlust.
If you use your couch to include others, then you might feel more at home in your host country. Maybe you don't realise how much more you know than a visitor.
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
|A system of measurement?|
- How did the person’s job position the company to do business in the market?
- How much was the government contract we won because of networking?
- What is the value of the market opened by establishing an operation in the host country?
- Get input from the person who is on the international assignment and weight it equally with the other feedback.
- Measure the strategic goals of an international assignment (use strategic tools to link strategies and tactics).
- Capture short-term and long-term data and compare the ROI over time.
What Costs Should I Measure?
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
|Diversity creates difference|
Listen to Margarita talk about her cultural tools on Expat Radio.
Here’s my culture lens based on Margarita’s cultural-lens tool.
I find that I like to cook and I like city life. When I move to a new place I instantly try to find the best place to eat and the coolest bar to hang out in. It’s a fun and exciting time that makes me feel that I am part of the new culture and that it embraces me back.
My personal frustration is civil and political isolation. I think that if I was at home and this was a problem I would be able to work for change. In another country I don’t have an outlet for this side of my personality.
I find that dealing with being an outsider, when I don’t feel like one, is doable -- but not nice. I’ve become more capable of deflecting, coping, and sometimes changing this situation.
Most of this comes once everything you do isn’t new -- once you can get a bus or take a car, choose somewhere to eat close to home or the office. Once you know the city and the culture you can enjoy your life more.
When I returned to the UK from an expat experience, I did experience longing for the city I had left and I also experienced longing for my home town.
Thursday, 15 September 2011
|Enjoying a nap in the sun|
- Use a pet carrier. They'll provide a pet container and they do all the paperwork and vet checks for you.
- Don’t feel guilty; your pet is ok.
- Find different types of food for them. Pet food tastes different. Your pet has preferences.
- Set up a place for them in your new home so that when they arrive they can own their space and feel at home.
Sunday, 11 September 2011
|9/11 Exhibition at Columbus Circle (NY)|
- Call as soon as you sense something. The communication networks will be cut in the country that you are in if there is a terrorist attack.
- Make sure your family knows your location. Are you close to the conflict zone? They will be concerned.
- Buy a torch/flashlight and some batteries to make sure you can get around your apartment in the dark.
- Have a radio at hand. They will be broadcasting.
- Know where your embassy is in case you need to be evacuated.
- Before you go, review your will to ensure that it us up-to-date.
Thursday, 8 September 2011
If companies start to choose single people for international assignments instead of families what will corporate offices look like, Club 18-30 or singles clubs for the divorced?
|The Daily Show spoofs their location|
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
|Saving a National Treasure|
Thursday, 25 August 2011
In the advert, the people explain how they’ve reached hearts, given relief, flirted, and felt more creative after using their new language skills. Many of the real people are holding photographs of themselves, and the things they have seen, expressing visually their connection to people and places.
An international assignment is an emotional journey. The more you prepare for the emotional transformations that you will experience, the more likely you are to manage them. You can learn about what you need to know on my before-you-go training course.
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
I get books about the life of a famous people in the country and give it as a gift to the person.
When I take pictures I use my cultural knowledge to create visual commentary, not just snapshots of the buildings you visit.
I try to integrate the experience into our lives. The most fun we have had with this is creating fictional days out being the characters we researched.
Thursday, 18 August 2011
|New ways of delivering products|
India’s ties to English imperialism left an underdeveloped state and an unhealthy population, but it also left English as a global language for business.
The outsourcing of call centres leverages global economies of scale, language skills and Indian trained business leaders, like the Banga brothers, are getting CEO jobs in Western companies.
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
|European or American style?|
- Use one well- known word that enables you to communicate
- Understand cultural style and difference in the things you already know (French fries with ketchup in the US and mayo in Belgium), use phrases like “I want that European style”
- Expect to dislike some adventurous choices and be bold
- Ask how people order. Are they polite, or do they order quickly… and then practice the method so that you feel confident when you go to order.
Saturday, 13 August 2011
|Local knowledge of Peckham in symbols|
- Rio Ferdinand’s Twitter Football Academy
- A recreation of Gangs of New York tweeted on someone’s mobile!
- An Argentinean soccer team relocated to Peckham for the meat and boutique shopping.
Friday, 12 August 2011
|Need a getaway car?|
How Do I Spot a Bad Global Boss?
Before you go on your international assignment you should ask the people who work in the host country what the corporate culture is like. Is it aggressive, paternalistic, or collective? You can use Hofstede to understand different countries' approaches to culture. Create questions designed to find out how you will be treated. Are there bad stories too?
Corporate cultures vary from place to place. Here are some red flags:
- Favoritism to local employees
- Erratic hiring and firing practices
- Headquarters-driven culture
- Short-term international assignments.
Negotiate an Exit Strategy
Under these circumstances you need to work together with HR and your manager on an exit strategy. You may need to start the negotiation and explain your needs. Try to explain the problems in terms of culture or circumstance and ask for a relocation package. If they won't provide any support then you can feel confident that you spotted a bad global boss!
Thursday, 4 August 2011
|Connecting with who?|
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
|JP Morgan Unmarked Building (right)|
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Egyptian Protests © Mosa'ab Elshamy
If you are assigned to parts of the world where there is conflict, how do you reconcile your home and host culture?
Thursday, 28 July 2011
|Don't remember the words!|
Monday, 25 July 2011
|US HQ for Tabloids|
Friday, 22 July 2011
|Looking into history|
Thursday, 21 July 2011
When you are asked to go abroad on a fire-fighting assignments it probably means that the situation in the country you're going to is volatile.
What Should I Ask For?
- Return flights for you, your family, and pets
- Corporate accommodation on your return
- Guaranteed job on your return
- An option to take a lump sum to end the relationship.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
|How do you get information?|
- Reward employees for increases in innovations like reduced global lead times that can be linked to improvements from better business English.
- Create fun ways to learn on the job. Get native speakers to share fun translations like Spanglish and Japanese English.
- Use instant messaging translation tools and get native speakers to rewrite them explaining what's funny about the tools translation.
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
- 45% EFGMs’ lower cost base
- 42% access to other nearby major markets.
- 49% competitive pressure in home markets
- 51% cite the economic slowdown in home market.
Friday, 15 July 2011
Kim is a talented global manager, writer, and editor. He currently lives in New York, but has worked managing global teams in London (UK) and Singapore (Singapore).
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Grow VC is an online global community of entrepreneurs, experts, and investors where you can invest in any startup anywhere in the world.
You can invest from $20 or give your expertise for a percentage of the company.
Vote in the Startup Battle!
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
When you go aboard you need to think about the type of rewards that you want from an assignment. What if someone blows up your car, what if someone targets you as a foreigner to take your stuff! After living in London and having many items stolen I recommend good insurance (or a slush fund) for replacing cameras, bags, wallets, phones etc.
Good insurance on an international assignment helps you get back to your life. Make sure that you check when your insurance will pay out. When I called to ask about my insurance I was told that unless I kept my bag in my lap at all times when I was out that my insurance was void! No new phone for me! The cost of living in another country rises rapidly when you need to replace your technology every other month.
Monday, 11 July 2011
When I first moved abroad I was highly effective. I made three times the national average salary, I got a job without any problems, I managed my finances in two continents and I was optimistic about the future.
But it all stopped one day and I was left wondering what I did to stop the progress of my career (and then my global finances)! I moved aboard. I moved home.
I feel now that I have a better understanding of my life than I ever did when I was more successful.
How do you reach the next level, is it like the Black Swan - should I fake it? Or is being able to integrate before and after helping me to be boundaryless? Could I now reach something I didn't plan on in a way that transforms others too?
I just read an article in McKinsey talking about how global companies and leaders are less effective. What! They aren't. It's the way you measure it that's wrong...
Often the timescale are too short for people who move abroad to be effective. And, are the people you are measuring really global? I never met a global leader who wasn't spiritual; why is that?
Three Stages of Leadership Development for Global Leaders
There are three stages when a leader becomes global:
1. Effective - You arrive and your training and skills help you make things happen that everyone else wants. But also, if you are sent abroad by your company, no-one wants to undermine your power (or their career) by sending the multinational HQ champion back as an emotional wreck.
2. Outsider - Somehow you end up trying to understand who you are. Not a question to answer and nobody else understands. You're a stranger at home and a stranger in the country you chose to live in. This is a tough stage.
3. Leader - Underneath your consciousness is a route to synchronicity. I don't understand this stage, but I know it is there. This is the highest level of our interaction with the way we live.
Business understands clusters. We as a group, for some reason, are good at something in one place! This type of grouping of us creates effective statistics, but not real growth. We have to try to learn from the group, but not be the group.
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