Friend or Foe? That Elusive “Fit” Of Diversity When Interviewing Candidates

Friend Or Foe? That Elusive “Fit” Of Diversity When Interviewing Candidates

Is it Granada I see Or only Asbury Park Is it a fancy not worth thinking of Or is it At Long Last Love? Cole Porter wasn’t writing about hiring people, but I am. When interviewing candidates, what elements do you gravitate towards? Intellect and academic pedigree? A common work history? Significant achievements? "Presence?" Hobbies? Are you aware of any…

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Diversity ∝ Leadership

Diversity ∝ Leadership

Diversity and Inclusion departments work extremely hard on equitable and balanced hiring, a highly perused process today. There is diversity of gender, ethnicity, language, pedigree, and perspective. A corporation’s goal-as a profit-maximising entity- is not simply to have ‘check-the box’ diversity, but to utilise ir in order to become better. Multiple perspectives nearly always create a stronger organisation with clearer…

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Cross-cultural cantatas and chorales

Cross-cultural Cantatas And Chorales

A client once got hold of me a few years ago to ask if I did coaching for communication. One of his 'high-po's' in Tokyo was having difficulty communicating on conference calls. He asked if that was something I did. I asked him whether it was her lack of English fluency, or knowing what to say but getting tongue-tied. He quickly replied that…

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Why should we not hire you?

One of my clients was an American Fortune 100 Company. They often promoted internally, but did go outside for certain senior hires, for which I worked with them in various Asian markets. It was paramount that candidates could fit into their [very American] culture, with its own distinct culture and language–senior management would often engage each other and external partners…

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FYI to Boss? Boss says ANW

Many people I coach have challenges communicating effectively with their boss. They often think the boss automatically understands them, and that what worked previously will work again with a new company or boss. I had coffee with one such person last week. He explained that he greatly respects his boss–thinks he’s smart, experienced, knowledgeable, someone learned. But my friend has…

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[WSJ Article] Asian Locals Facing Ceiling in Multinationals in Asia

An interesting insight and analysis into why, in Asia, most locals are facing a glass ceiling as employees in a Western organisation. The article also talks about the trend of multinationals relying on Western expatriates to fill top positions, even decades after having expanded into the region. By Mariko Sanchanta and Riva Gold An excerpt: HONG KONG—As Western multinationals ratchet…

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Social media cross-culturally: US ≠ ROW…

I recently read an[other] article in the New York Times/IHT about social media, how too much online information is shared within a business context. Written by an executive coach(!), she touches upon the corporate challenges of too much openness, and has even created an acronym, which she calls OSD, Obsessive Sharing Disorder(!!). Click here for the article. What caught my…

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