Getting, Keeping and Succeeding in an International Assignment!

August 22, 2017
Hosted by Kimberli J. Lewis

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Global mobility has increased greatly over the years and the number of international assignment’s is estimated to reach about 56 million in 2017, but even at 56 million this is still only a fraction of all the jobs worldwide. With the percentages not really in anyone’s favor, many young ambitious managers ask, “how can I land an International assignment?”. This is the first question most people ask, but the second and most important question is be “how do I succeed in an international assignment”? The re-call quota for expatriate positions ranges between 6% and 40% - so how can you make sure that you will get it right? How can companies make sure they select the right people? In this episode, we talk about getting, keeping and succeeding in an international assignment. We look at not only what individuals have to do, but also how companies can adjust their selection process to make sure everyone gets it right.

Leadership Beyond Borders

Leadership Beyond Borders

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Leadership Beyond Borders looks at the impact constant change is having on our organizations and how these changes affect the kind of leadership we need to drive long-term success in today’s global economy. We explore the opportunities and challenges diverse and virtual organizations bring and what kind of leadership skills and values are needed today to ensure employee engagement, retention and ultimately great company performance. We talk about everything from gender balance to generational and cultural business values that may impact your position or your organization. We provoke you, and help you think beyond borders! Our guests include international leadership experts from around the globe. If you are in a leadership position or aspire to be in one - regardless if your business is international or local - we will help you become aware of today’s leadership opportunities and challenges and we will make sure you take away something useful for yourself and your business.

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Kimberli J. Lewis

Kimberli J. Lewis

Globalization and technology have changed the way we do business, consequently shifting the core leadership skills and values that are needed today. Leaders today not only focus on the immediate operative needs of a business but also on the global and diverse organizations they lead if they want to drive long-term success. Being able to engage employees, regardless of gender, cultural, generational or ethnical background is a must and Kimberli J. Lewis is passionate about this.

Kimberli has over 20 years of C level management experience across multiple industries and has lived in or worked in over 18 countries. She has 25 years’ cross-cultural executive management experience in Europe, Russia, USA, and the Middle East. She has over 29 International awards in marketing and leadership in her pocket, along with degrees from Webster, George Washington University and Harvard. She is a certified executive and systemic team coach. Kimberli specializes in cross-cultural leadership training, diversity implementation and leadership training for women and provides training and consulting for several international companies. Kimberli is the author of “Ponytale Talk, It’s All About You! Winning career strategies for Women.”

Kimberli currently serves as Board member of the Search and Information Industry Association, Europe. She is an American national, owner of the international company Global Business Therapy s.r.o. and partner of the Academy of Executive Coaching London.

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