Good versus Bad Management Advice...

This Is Horrible Management Advice

Most management advice you find online is going to teach the wrong skills if you have a multinational team, if you are working anywhere outside the Westernized world, or if you regularly interact with overseas partners. The fact is, most management theory is Western, and most people writing about management teach what they know. Multinational managers need the skills to successfully manage a team with mixed business culture — Western, Middle-Eastern, Asian, and Latin. Each one is different, and each one prioritizes different things.

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How Leadership Differs Around The World

There is no single management tool that can work in the global landscape. Learning to adapt the management style of our home culture to that of our multinational team is the prerequisite to success. Thanks to Richard Lewis, we’ve got some fantastic tools to help us take the first step. Take a look at how leadership style differs across cultures and countries with these fantastic leadership style diagrams.

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How To Go Global: Global Communication Cues

How To Go Global

The American market for almost everything is huge, but there is far more purchasing power outside the U.S. For businesses that are ready to “go global,” the world is their oyster. But “going global” requires adapting to new markets, new business practices, and different ways of managing relationships. This short video shows how there’s more to it than translating packaging or hiring an exporter.

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Global Economy

The Global Opportunity

The global economy is recovering. There are incredible opportunities for new business… but only if you take time to learn about the challenges too. International business present challenges that Western and Eastern businesses are just learning how to deal with. According to many sources, about two thirds of International projects have serious problems. Why is global business so much more challenging than local business?

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How Business Culture Affects Your Business

In the global business world, communication is imperative for the successful execution of daily operations. Understanding the importance of culture and respecting the role it plays in the business world is vital and could mean the difference between the success or failure of your overseas ventures. This week’s video blog gives us an insight on how bad things can go.

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Quick Guide To Going Global

Are You Being Polite?

Being polite might seem easy: Someone does something nice, you say “thank you,” right? As it turns out, that all depends on your location. Manners are different all over the world. And just as every country and every region and every people have social cultural preferences, the corporate world has business cultural preferences too — and those preferences define how we conduct business.

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Identity And International Success

Identity And International Success

Identity is core to a person’s view of self image. It’s how we perceive ourselves in relationship to our family, associates, and friends. Some cultures focus on individual goals, while others prioritize the well-being of the group over the individual. This articles explores Roy’s story, and shows how misunderstanding business cultural practices can mean lost employees.

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Engagement Style: Venture vs Relationship

Engagement Style And International Success

Do we get right down to business, without knowing much about the other person, or do we build a strong and trusting relationship, only talking about business after we know each other well? How you answer this question depends on your business culture. Engagement styles can be venture driven or relationship driven. Knowing how to engage with your partner is essential — because using the wrong style means your business will never get off the ground.

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Time Orientation: Fixed Or Fluid?

Time Orientation And International Success

How you feel when kept waiting in the conference room for the other team? Are they late, rudely wasting your time — or are they instead thoughtfully giving you a few extra minutes to prepare? Understanding time orientation means knowing how to build a healthy organization — one that supports the time orientation of its employees, without sacrificing necessary business goals. Does your culture view time as more fluid, a resource that is infinite? Or is timeliness and meeting deadlines of critical importance?

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