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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Avoid Making People Lose Face

Losing Face, Smiley

Business leaders of multinational organizations are often confronted with cross-cultural differences. These differences can cause misunderstandings and awkward situations between people. Especially when people feel they are losing Face. Face – an Eastern concept most likened to the Western concept…

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Team Alignment: What if Your Team is Stuck?

Rope in a knot, team

Do you recognize this situation? A team is confronted with an important problem, and it has to tackle it. All team members are actively discussing and debating the problem, trying to come up with a proper solution. Everybody shares a…

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Leadershipwatch Anniversary

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This month is the 2nd anniversary of Leadershipwatch! The past two years have been exciting and rewarding. Leadershipwatch has become a source for 21st century leaders to find new insights, advice and tips on how to deal with today’s leadership…

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Leading Multinational Companies: The Difference between Execution versus Action

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Some time ago this executive team contacted me. They were dealing with important market changes that affected their business. There was an urgent need for change in the organization and they had defined a set of strategic objectives that would…

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The People Alignment Compass – Part 1

Compass

A leaders’ guide to mastering the Essence of People Alignment in today’s business reality. The People Alignment Compass articles provide tips and insights on how leaders can create people alignment. The checklists are hands-on and based on real life situations…

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Create People Alignment (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series I wrote about the importance of people alignment as a crucial competence for today’s leaders. Especially in a globalized world, where cross-cultural and multinational challenges are becoming more and more a normal part of…

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Create People Alignment (Part 1)

Green globe baloons

Today’s and tomorrow’s leaders are more and more facing cross-cultural challenges caused by globalization, emerging economies and new markets. How to notice differences in cultures? How to understand their impact on people behavior and performance? How to avoid cross-cultural friction…

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How Misinterpretations of Dishonesty Can Destroy Team Alignment

Sun Flower with the word Honesty

When leading change, for instance in post merger integrations, leadership teams are very often confronted with cross-cultural differences. These can be corporate or national culture differences. Not dealing with these cultural differences effectively can have a serious impact on leadership…

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Amplifying Business Performance: Successful Leaders Approach Financial Growth Differently

Green watering can that waters money coins

We all see significant economic changes taking place around us. The financial crisis, emerging markets, new technologies are putting their stamp on our economies, on market places, and on businesses. Organizations face changing circumstances that require different approaches. Yesterday’s success…

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Organization Development: The True Meaning of ‘People come First’

Lego puppets

A few weeks ago I received an unexpected call from a senior executive (I will call him Thomas) of a company I worked with some years ago. We had not seen each other for a long time and it was…

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