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East and West Perceive Authority Differently. And It Affects Your Cross-Cultural Team

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When working with cross-cultural teams, especially teams where East meets West, team members can have very different perceptions of authority. Are you aware that these different perceptions affect the functioning of your team, and your role as a business leader?…

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Leading Indian-Dutch Business Teams: 3 Insights that Help Create Results

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A couple of weeks ago, I advised and facilitated newly formed Indian-Dutch business teams – this in the context of a recent acquisition of a Dutch and very innovative SME by an Indian multinational in the pharmaceutical sector. I (myself…

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4 Tips to Make Your Team Embrace Accountability

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Accountability is a crucial ingredient of successful collaboration, and it is often underestimated. Read here 4 valuable tips to make your team embrace accountability …

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Leading Innovation: The One Important Aspect Executives Tend to Underestimate

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Inventing new and better products, technologies, and business models. Experimenting. Realizing smart breakthroughs. We all know that innovation is crucial to stay competitive in today’s business world. Much has been written on how to boost innovation, but do executive leaders…

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3 Rules of Thumb for Building Smart Cross-Company Networks

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How well do people in your company work together across organizational units?  Is your company structure rather hierarchical and formal or does it stimulate people to create cross-company networks? Are people able to collaborate effectively with people working in different…

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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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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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Cross-Cultural Leadership: Jacques Rogge on Negotiating with the Chinese

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Jacques Rogge, Honorary President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), speaks with a surprisingly soft voice.  I had the chance to meet him last week, when he – invited by The Antwerp Forum – shared his insights on ‘How to…

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Leading Change: 3 Reasons Why Great Leaders Are Reluctant to Compromise

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The other day I watched a political leader proclaim with great pride what a huge success this compromise was. How they had reached it after long and exhausting negotiations. This was truly a great solution that would change the future…

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6 Contrarian Reasons Why You’re Lucky to Be a Leader Today

Our Guest Post on Switch & Shift: Nobody ever said that being a leader is simple. Certainly not in today’s world where changes seem to happen at the speed of light; where communication and collaboration are heavily impacted by new…

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