In today’s business environment, companies are increasingly searching across borders to find growth opportunities. With this increased focus on emerging markets, organizations need to develop leaders with the ability to work effectively across cultures. However, according to the Conference Board’s CEO Challenge 2015, there is a “surprising lack of emphasis on cross-cultural competence” among the companies in their study. As a result, it is no surprise that organizations’ strategies to…Read More
Recently, clothing retailer H&M was widely criticized for an online advertisement that featured an African American boy modeling a sweatshirt reading “Coolest monkey in the jungle.” The company responded by acknowledging that the ad was inappropriate, apologized and immediately took the ad down. The question is: how does a multi-million dollar clothing company fail to recognize such blatant cultural insensitivity? While it was most likely an error in judgment, shouldn’t someone have…Read More
Have you ever been in meetings where everyone politely smiles and nods their heads, even when they disagree with you? Of course you have. I call this type of false agreement “Bobblehead Syndrome”. Inside the meeting, everyone’s head is bobbing up and down, so you think you have agreement. – but you don’t! The real conversations take place outside the meeting, behind closed doors. View this video to learn how…Read More
Engaging in healthy conflict is an essential element of high performing teams. Unfortunately, most teams avoid contention and live in a world of politeness and artificial harmony. In this brief video, I discuss how to move away from artificial harmony and toward the healthy conflict your team needs in order to thrive.Read More
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