One of the keys to success – and benefits – when going global is learning.
I saw a great article on Harvard Business Review recently. Three Skills Every 21st Century Manager Needs. What is skill number one? Having a global mindset. Being successful in cross-cultural contexts. No matter what you do – manage, train, teach, work, parent – the changing global world is a good thing to stay connected to.
If you find yourself heading to another country for business or pleasure, educate yourself. Find out what is important to them, what is happening recently, what is in current events. Sometimes it is challenging to find the resources – people have asked me, where should I go to learn?
Here are a few initial resources that may be helpful to you.
Educate on the country:
- CNN News and CNN World News
- American Chamber of Commerce for countries (AmCham). For example, www.amcham.com.br, www.amcham.org.hk. Try Googling AmCham and the country you are looking for. There is often an English version.
- Look up the country website. For example, Australia.
- Harvard Business Review (@HarvardBiz on Twitter)
- Kiss, Bow and Shake Hands, Terri Morrison, Wayne A. Conaway (there are now continent specific versions available)
- The World is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman
- When Cultures Collide: leading across cultures, Richard D. Lewis
Training/Workplace Learning Information:
- Training for Multiple Cultures, Andrea Edmundson
- The Essential Guide to Global Audiences, L. Irwin, R. McClay
I work in the training/workplace learning and performance field. Folks like me thrive in the world of knowledge and skills. What a great chance to develop and invest in ourselves.