Leading a multinational project team is not easy! For many people, the first time they need to work closely with partners from different cultures and backgrounds is when they are assigned to a multicultural project team, either as a member of that team or as it’s leader. Continue reading
Meet Susanne Wolf…
Susanne was brought up in a family of expats. She had to learn to fit in as she followed her parents round the world never stopping more than 2 years in one place…
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A big thank you to Cheryl from Greyson Marketing and everyone who was able to join us at our open evening to present the findings from research we commissioned at the end of last year.
Here are some photos from the evening as well as a summary of the research report.
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Evening drinks and canapés where insights from WorldWork’s market research on global leadership learning and development will be shared.
To trust other people we need to know that they are competent to do what we need them to do. For a leader this requires not only technical or professional competence, but also the ability to get things done in a particular context. So it includes knowledge and experience about the way an organisation works in practice, how decisions are taken and a certain political savvy (i.e. Sensitivity to Context in terms of WorldWork’s International Competency Framework). A recent HBR article by a Harvard professor and experienced business leader make this point more fully.
Why are Hannibal Lecter and Dr. Moriarty so successful as villains? Partly because they are intelligent and competent, but also because we can’t work out what they will do next. They are unpredictable and so we cannot see what their intentions are, but we can see from their track record that they are not likely to be benign intentions! This gives us a clue as to why it is so important for other people to be able to see and understand your positive intentions before they can trust you or follow you as a leader? A professor of business administration at Harvard and an experienced business leader provide a convincing explanation of why ‘Exposing Intentions’ is an essential part of building trust and followership, especially where cultural differences make it difficult to interpret more subtle messages about our intentions.