Cultural Agility: Are You in Need of Developing Cross-Cultural Abilities for Your Executives?
‘‘My dream would be a multicultural society, one that is diverse and where every man, woman, and child are treated equally. I dream of a world where all people of all races work together in harmony.'' — Nelson Mandela
In a world that is becoming more and more global, where businesses and corporations are located across the globe, global thinking and the cross-cultural background becomes not only a prerequisite for executives, but in some cases, a must if you want to succeed in a global business world or advance in your career.
Nowadays, relationships with foreign partners, vendors, clients, contractors, subordinates, and peers often take place a distance away from our current office and location. The thing that will either build a bridge or a barrier in those business relationships is the understanding of our differences in culture, mind-sets, languages, and other areas. Global professionals that hold and develop cultural awareness and agility will be the ones in charge of leading a competitive advantage for the organization they work for to help them to succeed in a global economy.
Global leaders and executives are dealing with a variety of responsibilities such as market expansion, product innovation, successful project delivery, post-acquisition integrations, and many others that demand a range of their technical and functional knowledge
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