Originally published in collaboration with Yuko Shibata, executive at ALC’s Global Leadership and Talent Development Group, in a series of articles in KIGYOU TO JINZAI 企業と人材 Magazine.
Thomas Friedman said The World is Flat, and I certainly feel that the business world is getting smaller. Many companies today are looking overseas for new markets and new customers in order to sustain the profitable growth of their businesses. New behaviors, skills and thinking are required to succeed globally, and companies must act strategically in order to secure the talented people required to fulfill their increasingly global vision. This has led many HR departments to pursue what they often call global leadership “training” programs, but you don’t “train” humans to be global leaders. You train dolphins to do tricks in a swimming pool to earn fish treats. Continue reading