The Rhythm of Team Purpose

The Rhythm of Team Purpose

By Theresa Sigillito Hollema

"When you're surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible."              

Howard Schultz, Chairman & CEO Starbucks

Drumbeat, rhythm, spirit - Imagine the drumbeat of purpose, the rhythm of why your team exists, the spirit of the purpose expressed in the actions of the team members. Drumbeat, rhythm, spirit…beat ... beat… beat…

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True Global Leaders get out of their Comfort Zone

By: Nita Korsten

Recently I attended a greatly inspiring talk at Baruch College in New York City. Ian Cook, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Colgate-Palmolive, disclosed how the company does its business globally. He is a highly genuine, driven and convincing leader who needs potential global leaders to understand what they should do to succeed in the global corporate world:

“Get out of your comfort zone and live and work in cultures other than your own!”

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Developing Your Intercultural Competency. Communicating in a Global Marketplace

Have you ever found that despite speaking in a shared language such as English, some things get lost in translation? Do you walk away from a meeting wondering, “I’m not sure how that went – did I say something wrong?” Or does your international team have subtle frustrations that keep coming up? 

In an illuminating workshop led by Nita Korsten, we will talk about cultural competence in a global workplace, a critical issue for international managers.

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Steps to get your Leadership Team ready for Further Internationalization

Steps to get your Leadership Team ready for Further Internationalization

By Theresa Sigillito Hollema and Nita Korsten

One of our international clients recently aligned with a strategy of globalization of the supply chain and standardization of their processes with the goal of improved customer satisfaction and cost savings due to efficiencies.  This seemed logical and reasonable, until looking deeply at a very decentralized, country driven organization.  How would this transformation towards a more interconnected organization happen and was the leadership team ready to become international?

 

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Target sued for cultural insensitivity: Your company could be at risk too!

This July, Target, the second-largest discount retailer in the United States, came into the news in a very unfortunate way. Three former employees sued Target claiming they suffered crude harassment, discrimination and retaliation at work, and that Target's management training is culturally offensive. One of Target’s distribution warehouses in Woodland, California had apparently provided its managers with a document titled, “Organization Effectiveness, Employee and Labor Relations Multi-Cultural Tips”. Publicly shared as a result of the lawsuit, the completely misdirected ‘tips’ were actually full of stereotypes regarding workers of Hispanic descent. 

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Significant Need to Strengthen Intercultural Skills of Global Workforce

There is an increasing amount of competitiveness and interdependency in the world economy. The world of business is becoming thoroughly international as technology enables people to communicate instantly from wherever they are. However, not all employees within an organization have the awareness and readiness to work with people from other cultures.

Read on to find out the challenges faced by cross-cultural teams!

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