Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0156 | June 8, 2004 | 8,000 Subscribers...
 

 


Dear friends,

Increasingly, facilitators and coaches will be called upon to be familiar with the complexities of the inter-cultural arena within which leaders of global corporations must function. As the reputations companies develop become more dependent on their effectiveness as global citizens, our understanding of what this takes will be invaluable to our clients and their teams. This week's article, "Working with Global Executives," by Hannah S. Wilder, PhD, MCC, highlights some keys we should know to effectively support leaders engaged in the global arena.

Hannah will also be our guest at the next Micro-Skills Tele-Seminar on Thursday, June 17th
at 1:00 PM EDT, where we'll learn some perspective on the dynamic relationship between Politics (Power), Cultural Diversity, and Sustainability that might help us work with global leaders as coaches and facilitators.

I wanted to also let you know that I'll be presenting at the upcoming International Association of Facilitators conference in Scottsdale this June. If you plan on attending, please considering coming to my presentation, "The Random Acts of Facilitation Playshop," Saturday afternoon (you can register on the conference site) and/or send me an email about us connecting live at the conference as I'd love to meet you in person.

In this Issue:

Feature Article: Working with Global Executives:  Our Developmental Opportunities as Coaches and Group Workers

Thinking Like a Global Leader: Our next one-hour tele-seminar with Hannah Wilder happens Thursday, June 17th at 1:00 PM EDT.

Resource: Becoming a Global Executive: Coaching Leaders for and Interdependent Business World, by Hannah S. Wilder, PhD., MCC

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If any of you have any interesting stories or experiences about facilitation, group process, work groups, team building, training, etc. that might interest our readers, please email them to us.

Have a great week!

Steve Davis
Publisher

 
Group Process Skill
Working with Global Executives
 Our Developmental Opportunities as Coaches and Group Workers
The Point

An important part of leadership development is acquiring new competencies for working globally. As executives move up to higher leadership positions, they are faced with a larger “playing field,” requiring them to pass on some of their strengths to their successors, and develop new capacities to fill their own new, broader roles. As executive coaches, we need to understand how to support them and what areas are most critical in our own development. Our competencies need to expand with those of our clients so that we can support them effectively.

In the next section, we list some areas and questions for executive coaches to consider in working with globally active executive clients, whether they are on long term assignments in another country, on short term or rotational assignments, or have global responsibilities and leading geographically dispersed and culturally diverse teams.

Application

Internal, relational, and spiritual strength for remaining grounded and effective when working in a fast-paced global environment. How do we as coaches acquire competencies in these areas for coaching executives working globally?

Power relationships and policy making for global business. What are the power relationship models for business, and how do they vary across cultures and teams? What is power, and how is it developed, shared, and used appropriately in global business? How can coaches develop their understanding of using different models?

What are the effects of global business on our climate, ecological systems, social systems and how can global executives work to invigorate and renew the global business environment? How can we coach them to be more conscious and effective in these areas?

What are the international standards of compliance for global business in various areas: Human Resources, social and environmental responsibility, economic development and its relationship to regional economic regulation and national governments? Where can we become more comfortable coaching in these areas?

What do global executives need to know about working across cultures? How can we support them in becoming culturally self-aware, culturally proficient and in developing a broad repertoire of culturally relevant behaviors in negotiating, decision making, leadership and other areas?

How do we as coaches develop the presence and credentials for working globally with credibility? How comfortable are we working with powerful people and what are our own developmental areas?

Global executives are extremely capable and competent people balancing personal, business, and public interests. In considering our own professional development, how do we become stronger and more proficient in matching the energy and pace of our clients?

© Hannah S. Wilder 2004 Reprinted from The Global Executive Coach, February 26, 2004 (available at www.advantara.com/newsletter.html).

Action


Which issue above sounds most interesting to you? What can you do this week to increase your understanding in this area? Please
email us your thoughts or experiences on this.

Facilitation Expert Series


Facilitation Micro-Skills Tele-Seminar: "Think Like a Global Leader: Understand how political, cultural, and sustainability issues affect teams, organizations, and their leaders. Featuring Hannah Wilder, Global Executive Cross-Cultural Coach, Speaker, Author, and President of Advantara Executive Development Worldwide, Inc. and The Academic Global Executive Coach Training Institute

Attend this one-hour tele-seminar on Thursday, June 17th at 1:00 PM EDT (NY Time) with Hannah Wilder and Steve Davis.

"Just in Time" Learning

As companies move from national to global they are being called on to operate with new savvy in politically and culturally diverse contexts. They are also being watched by stakeholders, clients, and international business and political bodies for their record on corporate and environmental responsibility and sustainability. Consequently, as of 2002, 140 U.S. based Fortune 1,000 companies have established some form of sustainable business practices. 73% see sustainable practices important and are planning to develop some level of these practices in their businesses.

Increasingly, facilitators and coaches will be called upon to be familiar with and support business clients and colleagues in understanding the dynamic relationship between Politics (Power), Cultural Diversity, and Sustainability. A company's reputation as a global citizen is having an increasing impact on its economic success as media, stakeholders, and clients watch for flexibility and sustainability.

Attend this one-hour tele-seminar with Hannah Wilder, PhD. and Steve Davis to explore how political, cultural, and sustainability issues affect teams, organizations, and their leaders on Thursday, June 17th at 1:00 PM EDT (NY Time). Some of the points we'll discuss are...

What's the link between political, cultural, and sustainability issues and why is this important to coaches and facilitators?
"Political" has a lot of connotations, not all of them appealing, especially these days. What do you mean by the term" and how is it important for global executives and their teams?
Explain the models and dynamics of "Power" and it's implications for policy-making in organizations.
What do you mean by the term sustainability and how does it apply to developing global leaders and managers?
Expose the myth that embracing sustainable practices only pays off in the long-term.
Explain the concept of the Triple Bottom Line: 1) Economic, 2) Social, and 3) Environmental.
We are starting to hear a bit about intercultural coaching. What's the relevance of this for developing global executives?
What are the most common mistakes that global executives and coaches make with regard to cultural issues?
Expose the myth regarding Women as leaders in the international arena, and their performance in top positions.
So what do you recommend we do as coaches and facilitators to approach these issues with the leaders and organizations we work with?
What kind of training or coaching is needed to play in this arena?
And, answers to any questions you bring to the teleclass.

Five Free Bonuses!

1."International Affairs Resource Library. Links to over 2200 articles, including those on world religion, media.

2. "Culture Shock in Corporate America." Article by Susan Davidson based on her research with foreign nationals entering the US corporate arena.

3. 25 Articles on Global Leadership and Ethics.

4. Managing Diversity. An article about managing diversity using a Strategic Planned Change Approach.

5. Politics, Cultural Diversity and Sustainability: Article about Supporting Global Corporations and their Leaders in Becoming Conscious Global Citizens

About Hannah. Hannah is President and CEO of the global executive coaching company, Advantara Leadership Development Worldwide and Founding Director of Academia Global Executive Coach Training Institute. With a background in global marketing and communications, Hannah has worked with executives and executive coaches in diverse functional areas in the private, public and non-profit sectors from over 45 countries in North America, East and West Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. She is a widely published author, keynote speaker, and frequent presenter on global executive coaching. Visit here websites at: .www.advantara.com and www.academiacoachtraining.com
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Resource

Becoming a Global Executive: Coaching Leaders for and Interdependent Business World,
by Hannah S. Wilder, PhD., Master Certified Coach

A comprehensive, groundbreaking look at what global executives and their coaches need to know and practice in order to promote sustainable visionary and practical leadership for the global business environment now and in the coming years. Based on several decades’ experience working with international leaders, and coaching and training top level executives and global executive coaches, Dr. Wilder covers nine areas, from internal to global, using a unique combination of High Awareness© and Intentional Inquiry© to transform and expand the leadership capabilities of executives and their coaches. Available Fall 2004.
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