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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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Why Leaders Fail in the Global Workplace

I once had a very talented manager who led our US team to great success and accolade. We all loved working for her, and she was the darling of the local leadership team. At one point, she was provided with the opportunity to run a much bigger global piece of the business from our European headquarters that spanned 4 countries. We were so happy for her. But, after 8 months of struggling in this new role, she resigned and left…

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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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Two Ways to Avoid Business Pitfalls in Brazil

The second I stepped off the plane and into Brazil my whole demeanor changed. I set my jaw, checked for my wallet, and confirmed my notes about legitimate taxis. I was in São Paulo – a place I had not been before with a language I did not speak – for a solo week of work. I had that uncomfortable feeling that comes with navigating new territory. Besides just general survival, I also needed to accomplish a lot during my…

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How I Proposed Working Abroad and Full-Time

I crave international experience and welcome the opportunity to live out my sense of adventure while gaining global acumen. And while I am interested in all types of working abroad arrangements – fly-in and fly-out, short-term stays, long term assignments, and indefinite postings – these have not always been readily available or personally practical in my full-time work based in New York City. In order to create the dynamic global lifestyle I want and do really great full-time work, I’ve…

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