Last week we talked about why it’s important to have a vision. We need to be pioneering, think outside of the box, dream a bit, anticipate the future, and have a desire to achieve. What we did not touch on was the need for global industry knowledge.

Companies are opening their boundaries, and people are enlarging their perspectives, not because they are farsighted, but because they must.
—Rossabeth Moss Kanter

In today’s electronic age, coupled with the ability to readily move between continents, we have an increased need to develop and hone our international knowledge and relationships.

Skilled leaders:

  • Understand business on a global scale
  • Are experienced in multicultural environments
  • Adapt in unfamiliar situations
  • Know how capital flows and operates internationally
  • Adhere to differing laws and regulations
  • Know which approach is optimal for each global partner

Tips To Increase Global Knowledge:

  • Stay on top of international news
  • Study and understand global trends
    • What’s the economic condition?
    • Is the need for outsourcing increasing or decreasing?
    • What’s the need for specialization?
    • Do cultural and linguistic boundaries exist?
    • Are rates of retirement creating any issues?
  • Build international partnerships
  • Jot down key drivers for each international market you interact with, or would like to interact with. examples are: Marketing strategies, business growth, unique cultural needs, what they like and don’t like about your products or services
  • Do your homework. Select your biggest international client or competitor and really delve into how they function and how you can add value or lessen the competition.

A Recruiting Trends report identified “geographic awareness and global understanding” as what job seekers are looking for.

How skilled are you when it comes to international knowledge and relationships?

Can you effectively communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries?

Can you lead across boundaries?

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