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Diversity and Inclusion: Key Success Factors for Today’s Companies

In today‚Äôs workplace, driven by demographic changes and the evolution in our social attitudes, diversity competencies in managers and leaders are required. Such competencies are based on the following abilities: attitudinal (for example, adapting to other cultural norms, withholding judgment) skills (practicing appropriate etiquette, seeking local expertise). managerial (using culturally appropriate motivational tools) knowledge (following […]

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Lean Manufacturing More Effective in Collectivist Cultures

Developed in Japan, lean manufacturing introduced tools, processes and a mindset that eliminated waste and ensured the smooth flow of production without sacrificing quality. Kanban, a system that sounds the alert when a component in the production process is running low, and TPM, a proactive approach to equipment maintenance, are just two examples of lean […]

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Six Disruptive Demographic Trends and What They Mean for the Workplace

According to Jim Johnson of University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, the major demographic trends transforming America today are unprecedented — so unprecedented that he calls these trends “disruptive demographics.”  Based on on-going analyses of statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor, Internal Revenue Service and other governmental agencies, Johnson, who is […]

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How Leadership Humility Is Defined in the East and in the West

In recent years, humility has become increasingly accepted as a central feature of great leadership. Bestselling business books such as Good to Great, which considered humility as one of the two core attributes of great ‘level-five’ leaders, speeches and memoirs by business and non-business leaders, and numerous academic papers all highlight the importance of humility […]

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The Language Challenge for Social Media in Multinationals

There is no doubt that social media has improved both internal and external corporate communication, especially for multinational companies. Social media has, for example, enabled corporations to increase opportunities for two-way communication with their customers at a low cost. However, customers using social media communicate in their own language, which means that a social media […]

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The Role of Cultural Self-awareness in Global Leadership

A successful global leader is someone who can operate effectively across national boundaries and cultures, defining goals that will appeal to a diverse set of people, whether individuals in their own company or external groups and organizations. And although many skills are equally relevant to domestic leadership (i.e. business acumen, flexibility, interpersonal skills) there are […]

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