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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Stimulate Your Asian Team Members to Speak Up?

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In global teams, team effectiveness is not only impacted by personal (people’s characters and temperament) and organizational (level of team alignment from the start) elements. There are important cultural elements at play as well. Cultural elements that can, if not understood and properly addressed, quickly lead to frustration and ineffective teams.

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A Powerful Story about Team Diversity: The Philips Founding Fathers

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This is an episode of the LeadershipWatch Series: How to collaborate across divisions, companies and cultures and achieve your goals? Follow the LeadershipWatch Series and learn from the best experts out there.

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Strategy Execution: A Short Checklist that Helps

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Strategy execution is a key topic on the agenda of Boards and Executive Committees. The increased focus by senior leadership on strategy execution is a good thing. If you’re not good at it, you can get into trouble. Read more …

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: The One Secret Success Ingredient

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Do business leaders and HR departments pay sufficient attention to equipping people preparing for international assignments, as well as managers leading cross-cultural teams, with sound cross-cultural leadership skills? Research conducted at Dutch Neyenrode Business University suggests they don’t. And that’s…

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Strategy Execution: Why It Often Fails

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A senior executive recently shared with me: “I have been explaining our new strategy for months, and last week in a leadership meeting I got astonishing feedback. The main message was ‘we have no clue where we’re going with our…

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Why Great Leaders Read Books

Business leaders do not often take the time to read (e)books. Are they making a mistake? Why do great leaders read books? “Each employee is required to read one recommended book per year.” Here is what Chinese business tycoon Wang…

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How Abraham Lincoln Mastered Collaboration: 4 Key Elements

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Do executive leaders always have a clear idea of what powerful collaboration looks like? Do they always understand what it takes to build high-quality, result-focused collaboration between and across teams? What can we learn from Abraham Lincoln when it comes to collaboration? Read more …

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Building Your Executive Team: 3 Valuable Lessons from Andrew Carnegie

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“Here lies a man who knew to enlist in his service better men than himself.” This is how Andrew Carnegie, the (Scotland-born) U.S. steel magnate who gave away the vast majority of his fortune, wanted people to remember him. (Among…

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3 Good Reasons For Boosting Your Cross-Cultural Leadership

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Why is cross-cultural leadership getting so much attention? Why is it important for today’s leaders to develop their cross-cultural effectiveness? Let me tell you a story.  It starts on a hot summer day in 2001 when the managing director of…

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Leadership: What is The Essence of Building Trust

Being able to build trust is regarded as a crucial element of successful leadership. Especially in today’s globalized business world with its high rate of change and its cross-cultural challenges. But what is the essence of building trust? What does…

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