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
Fast Company recently published its annual list of the world’s 50 most innovative companies. While there are new additions to the list that have cool new products and/or business models, there are companies that appear on this list year after year – companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Apple. It is remarkable how certain companies, particularly large complex organizations, are able to create and sustain cultures that foster innovation over the long…Read More
Psychological research has consistently shown a positive correlation between gratitude, good health and personal satisfaction in life. In this post, I will describe four easy ways to develop a sense of gratitude and ask you to consider taking on a gratitude challenge in the coming year. Write in a Gratitude Journal Write in a weekly journal about things for which you are grateful. This could include just one sentence on…Read More
Early in my career, I recall a senior executive who told a story of how he saw a company employee on the soccer field on a Saturday morning. She was cheering from the sidelines with a passion he had never seen from her at work. He asked himself, “How can I get that person to show up at work on Monday morning rather than the person I typically see going…Read More
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