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Developing Global Executives: The Lessons of International Experience
     

Developing Global Executives: The Lessons of International Experience

by Morgan W. McCall, George P. Hollenbeck
 

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ISBN-10: 1578513367

ISBN-13: 9781578513369

Pub. Date: 01/16/2002

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

In our borderless global economy, companies must ship their executives nearly as far and wide as their products. Whether these far-flung executives soar or land with a thud may make all the difference between a successful international enterprise or a world-class failure -- and it is this crucial difference that Developing Global Executives defines.

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In our borderless global economy, companies must ship their executives nearly as far and wide as their products. Whether these far-flung executives soar or land with a thud may make all the difference between a successful international enterprise or a world-class failure -- and it is this crucial difference that Developing Global Executives defines.

Based on a wide-ranging study of veteran global executives, leadership development experts Morgan W. McCall, Jr. and George P. Hollenbeck reveal what it takes for organizations to groom, and individuals to become, successful international executives. The answer sounds deceptively simple: People learn to "be global" from doing global work. But therein lies a tricky distinction -- what specific types of career experiences are the ones that prepare global leaders for their roles? To what extent can individuals seek out -- and companies help orchestrate -- these experiences?

In Developing Global Executives, leading global executives help answer these questions. Through their candid, rich, and varied stories, readers learn who global executives are, what distinguishes them from domestic leaders, and which experiences have been most critical to mastering their extremely demanding careers.

In addition, these "lessons from the field" underscore the key requirements and challenges of effective leadership in a global environment: from the importance of continuous learning and the crucial role of mentors to the difficulties in overcoming "culture shock" and the warning signs of potential derailment. Practical and far-sighted, this book offers a wealth of firsthand insights for aspiring and current international executives and the organizations that employ them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578513369
Publisher:
Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date:
01/16/2002
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexiii
Acknowledgmentsxvii
1Introduction: A World of Possibilities1
2What Is a Global Executive?19
3Global Journeys: The Lives of Global Executives41
4The Lessons of International Experience77
5Experiences That Teach Global Executives107
6Making Sense of Culture129
7When Things Go Wrong153
8Developing Global Executives: The Organization's Role171
9Building a Global Career: The Individual's Part197
10Epilogue213
Appendix AInterview Questions219
Appendix BMethodology223
Appendix CSupplementary Tables227
Notes241
References247
Index251
About the Authors259

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