Thursday, 31 May 2012

#frifotos Waterfalls

Is $FB Eduardo Saverin the New Global Citizen?

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Is Global Mobility Manager a Difficult Job?

In a survey by JAM Recruitment, 58% of respondents who work in global mobility teams felt that their job had become more difficult in the last 12 months.

A gap of white light in the clouds
Divine inspiration!

Is Insecurity Behind This Figure?

When people lack job security, they often express it by saying that their job is too difficult. The survey reveals that global mobility teams are small (0-15 members) and valued (65%) by their companies. This suggests that something else is happening that explains these feelings.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility!

When you become the focus of other people demands, it can be overwhelming and lead to burnout. There are two main reasons for the increased responsibility in in-house global mobility teams:
  1. Expectations of Millennials
  2. Globalisation as a Business Driver
The next generation of workers want to live abroad as part of their careers. They take years out to travel, they make friends all over the world on Twitter and Facebook and they aspire to creative, mobile jobs. Leaders from all parts of the company see a global skill set as a way to compete, retain talent and grow their bottom lines.

Is There a Lack of Thought Leadership?

Knowing what comes next!
The International Human Resource Management (IHRM) and Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) fields are new. Many of the courses focus on applying well-known business techniques to the new discipline. Although this creates a professional appearance for middle managers and a way to discuss strategy with senior managers, it isn’t the way to transform people who relocate others into global mobility professionals.

Where Can I Get Help?

The market is fragmented, but there are people out there who know how to transform your department. The Azimuth Global Leader Program is designed to look at the purpose of your global operations and create a global vision for your company.

Organizations like Families in Global Transition and people like Evelyn Simpson also provide direction and information that can inform your vision and help create policies.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

A Photographic Pilgrimage

Can I Get a Hoodie? $FB IPO

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Did #80Plates Do Gastropubs Justice?

"Around the World in 80 Plates" started last week and the first port of call was London. After watching the show we started to discuss what we would like to serve and where we would like to serve it.

We chose The Spread Eagle, in Greenwich, which has a small bar area in the front. And if you don't like the menu you can get the best fish and chips in Britain around the corner!

Alias Nick and Nora at The Spread Eagle
 The Grub! 
The Jelly Welly 
A jellied eel wellington.

Diver Scallops with a Classic Curry Sauce
An orange, spicy sauce served with pan-seared scallops.
Gin Granita Palate Cleanser
Fresh Trout 
A fresh trout stuffed with herbs, baked and served whole and 
served with a glass of Chapel Down sparkling wine.

Five Spice Pork Loin Pie
A locally sourced pork seared in five spices and 
served in a thick-crusted pie and served with Scrumpy.
 Eccles Cake and Cheese
 A moist raisin filled pastry complimented with a 
crumbly light cheese and served with a glass of sherry. 

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Food, The Shortcut to Being a Local!

The most popular place, no matter where you are!
People love to eat. When you land in another country one of the easiest ways to enjoy the culture and become a local is to find out where to eat.

Where Should I Look?

When I first came to New York, I was researching into the local food scene and I read a couple of lines in Time Out about a local restaurant called Rosa Mexicano. The food is authentic and the signature pomegranate margarita shouldn't be missed. Since we left in 2005 it has become a household name in NY and has opened a chain of restaurants across the country.

Although it takes some research into the local area, it is fun to find a couple of bars and a range of restaurants that you can take business associates, coworkers, friends and family to.  

There is also a lot of information online. Try the Foodies' Night In (#FNIchat) on Monday afternoon to connect with other people who like food, and sites like Chowhound and GrubWithUs to meet people who like food and organise dinners.

How Much Of An Adventure Can It Be?

There are always great food finds all over the world, from street food to the best local restaurants, to internationally-recognized restaurants. If you like to be more adventurous, then you can try to find local restaurants that have good reputations for food but aren't well known. In London, Viajante has a world-class chef, but it's in a less accessible area. Well worth the trek.

"Around the World in 80 Plates" should give the cook in you some inspiration. Why not try taking ideas from your travels and updating your favorite dish with a new flavor; part of the fun of being on an international assignment.

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Monday, 7 May 2012

Why We Act Local and Forget Global!

Creating your own culture
If creating a global structure is the key to building global companies, then why do local leaders choose local service providers and people instead of global people and solutions?

Choosing Power Over Efficacy

When people are presented with the choice of global vs. local strategies they choose to consolidate power. People want status and they build it in their communities.

HR Magazine reports on this trend to localize learning and development; national heads of L&D departments are asking local business leaders to recommend local service providers.

Why Do People Choose Local Over Global Ideas?

Lack of understanding of how to globalize and the difficult process of personal growth creates inertia. Most people don't want to fail and find that they prefer the status they earned in their home country to a new uncertain position in a host country.

Distance from the power source in your company results in reduced status and lack of opportunity. Many expats discover how proximity influences power when they move abroad; ending up as the outsider is isolating and builds resentment.

Tip: Before going on an international assignment ensure that your CEO has a global plan for your company and that your position in the global structure empowers you to develop a global skill set that leads to leadership opportunities.

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Saturday, 5 May 2012

Floriography at #Frifotos

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

#globalhub May: Storytelling

Storytelling is a powerful way to connect to others and to communicate meaning.

Stories represent your nation
Most of us like to share stories with our friends and family back home when we are traveling or living abroad.

We share our photographs, blog about our lives, write books and call home to share what we've been doing and who we met.

We hear stories about the history of the country we are in, marvel at tall tales and legends spun by entertaining locals, and are exposed to the national conversation about the identity of the people and their way of life.

Without knowing how we often form a picture of a new culture from the stories that we hear.

This Month's #globalhub Questions (4pm EST @globalhub1)

Q1: What is your favorite way to tell a story (talk to people, write, and take a photo)?

Q2: Do you tell stories about your home country when you are abroad?

Q3: How do other countries see your country? Do you hear a narrative about foreigners?

Q4: Share a story about your host country that helped you understand the culture.

Q5: Who are the best orators and storytellers in your home and host country? Politician, writers, religious leaders, journalists…

Q6: What (or who) is your favorite national monster?

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