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Don’t leave me hanging! The Art of [not] Shaking Hands.

It’s inevitable. At some point, you’re going to blunder an international greeting. Be it going in for the handshake and being met with air, bowing a little too low and too long, or not realizing that fist is meant to be bumped. If you travel abroad, a mucked-up introduction is in your future. As long as no national faux pas have been made resulting in imminent battle, best to laugh it off and try to do it better the next…

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6 Unexplored Locations Where Global Talent is Hiding

Where is all this global talent? And why are they hiding? This is a question I recently received from a recruiter friend who has a rather difficult open role to fill – one that requires cross-cultural knowledge and international poise as well as a bevy of connections throughout Asia. I racked my head, trolled my LinkedIn, and reached into my network for a person with this profile. But his question has me thinking, where does global talent hang out? This…

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3 Steps To Confess Your Abroad Dreams To Your Boss

We are half way through the year, meaning it’s time for the dreaded bi-annual employee review cycle. Cue thousands of employees furiously collecting moments of success from their past 6-months of work while readying themselves for development discussions. However, if going abroad and gaining international experience with your company has been on your mind this year, a mid-year review (or any set 1:1 reflection time with your boss) provides a terrific opportunity to broach this topic. But, how? Talking openly…

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Why Self Initiated Expats Wait for No One

71% of millennials want to work abroad during their career according to the PWC Millennials at Work study. But many companies drastically lag behind the global mobility planning and foresight needed to provide this opportunity to their top talent. This disconnect is already happening. Many of the talented, ambitious young professionals I speak with are increasingly frustrated by the resistance of their employer to let them explore in-house jobs abroad. Most recently I was working with a US based supply…

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Three Techniques to Successful International Negotiations

Every month I run a global new hire orientation for a rapidly growing tech start-up where I ask the same question, “who feels that the world is moving at a comfortable pace?” No one ever says yes. No one. Today our world is moving very fast as technology allows us to connect further, father, and instantly with people all across the world. Hardly a day goes by when I am not communicating with someone from a different country be it…

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Are You Mentally Flexible Enough To Live Abroad?

When I moved to Dubai, there were two types of people: those soaking up the local culture and committed to staying, and those living there physically but planning a hasty return to their homeland. Those not fully committed were all gone within a year. As it turns out, living abroad is more difficult than anticipated. What might initially seem exciting and exotic about an international destination can almost instantly turn into frustration and annoyance. This is especially true if there…

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