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The Global You

Book Description

Millions of people are now global business workers of some kind. Even though they might not use the term as such, they are buying, selling, managing and operating all over the world, but often have little preparation for the job. This book provides ten practical ways to enable the Global You to think, behave and operate in the appropriate global way.The 10 strategies here, based on extensive research undertaken by the authors of successful global players, are designed to help anyone cope with cultural challenges and, just as important, the practical implications of operating beyond familiar environments. From "thinking global" to "learning to work in a multicultural context" and "updating your communications skills" to "learning to manage your time across time zones", this book is both informative and practical for anyone whose work takes them out of their home country.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. 1. Think global
    1. A global state of mind
    2. No such thing as the centre of the world
    3. What does your map look like?
    4. Where do you get your information?
    5. Breaking out of the national silo
    6. Overcoming resistance to globalization
    7. Business is not just the balance sheet
    8. Think future, study history
    9. The person is not the country
    10. Thinking globally——an ongoing discipline
  7. 2. Learn to work in a multi-cultural context
    1. Questions of culture
    2. Bridging cultural gaps
    3. It may be difficult to swallow
    4. Same aims, different emphasis
    5. We have our own worldviews
    6. Which stories did you grow up with?
    7. Spotting the soul within
  8. 3. Travel whenever you can
    1. Immersion is best
    2. Act global, think local
    3. Relocating for work
    4. Planning your exit, mapping your entry
    5. When you get there
    6. And at work
    7. Plan your return
  9. 4. Learn a language
    1. English is not enough
    2. Enhanced cognitive ability
    3. Enhanced interpersonal skills
    4. Enhanced understanding
    5. Enhanced PR
    6. Enhanced cultural intelligence
    7. Enhanced global network
  10. 5. Learn to learn out of the classroom
    1. Cut out inefficient learning
    2. Learn to learn out of the classroom
    3. How about playing?
    4. Global learning ecosystem
    5. Your learning future
    6. Think paradox. Accept ambiguity
    7. Every day is another new lesson
  11. 6. Go virtual while staying real
    1. World wide friends
    2. Going virtual
    3. What changes
    4. Virtual interaction
    5. Multimedia changes the way we think?
    6. What stays the same
    7. Optimize, not maximize, automation
    8. Good protocol
    9. Intranet or outranet?
    10. The future is here to stay
  12. 7. Treat multi-cultural teamwork as a core skill
    1. Do you have the right people on the bus? The basics
    2. Think big and be open
    3. Yes, the leopard can change its spots
    4. Go on, be there
    5. Getting on, getting there
    6. Clarity of the team’s objectives
    7. Keeping track
    8. What happens when we disagree?
    9. Plan like a lawyer, implement like a friend
    10. The multi-cultural dimensions
    11. Learn to listen well... to feelings as well as content
    12. Help others fit in
    13. Jokes are not funny
    14. Respect and courtesy apply to all
  13. 8. Build your personal network
    1. Your job is your social balance
    2. Smooth networking
    3. You never know who is watching you
    4. Networks reinforce one another
  14. 9. Raise your global profile
    1. Introduce people to one another
    2. Do me a favour
    3. Instant returns? Unlikely
    4. The power of conversations
    5. A more level playing field
    6. We’re all publishers now
    7. Put yourself at the helm
    8. Don’t become spam
  15. 10. Manage your time across time zones
    1. The best place to start is with you
    2. Routine tasks, odd times
    3. Manage expectations
    4. Make your own PSLAs
    5. Wake up, it is time to go to sleep
  16. Conclusion
  17. Bibliography
  18. Acknowledgements