Liza Sichon

Executive Coach, Speaker and HR Consultant "Partner to High Achieving Professionals living their ideal lives"

5 Interview Questions for Global Assignments

jon interview1How do you select the right leaders for global roles?  Local success does not necessarily guarantee global success. What are the red flags that could potentially lead to a global misfit?  Selecting talent who will eventually succeed in global roles is a major responsibility and can be daunting for the inexperienced global talent manager.

Here are 5 sample interview questions that could give you a broad and deep perspective of your global candidate, regardless of host country.

1. What was your most difficult or complicated problem or situation that you have handled? How did you handle it and what was the result?  This question can reveal insights to a person’s ability to handle ambiguity, complexity, surprises and differences. Effective leaders are not threatened or paralyzed by new or complex situations.  In fact, they are energized and challenged when the unexpected occurs.

 

2. How do you select members of your team? What do you look for and how what do you avoid?  This question leads to the leader’s ability to promote the success of their team, both with each other and with their local and cross cultural team members. Look for exceptional listening skills and openness to ideas other than their own.

 

3. Tell me about an incident where you had to adjust a global policy to an organizational procedure that was in conflict with local practices.   How did you handle it?  This refers to a leader’s ability to understand perspectives other than one’s own or integrate multiple viewpoints to creatively arrive at a win win solution.

 

4. How do you reward the members of your team?   Probe for customization vs one size fits all rewards and recognition.  A successful global leader seeks multiple points of views, anticipates differences and act in consideration to others needs.

 

5. How have you prepared your successor?  Successful global leaders are personally engaged in developing their people through multiple approaches.

 

Interested in learning more about how to successfully select, plan for and develop global talent?  Join us at the 20th Annual Leadership Development Conference of the Conference Board on June 3-5 in San Diego, CA.  For the Agenda, see Global Leaders . To register, visit the sign up page.

Is your HR Staff equipped to build a succession plan?

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Join us at The Conference Board’s 20th Annual Leadership Development Conference and Succession Management Seminar

I am delighted to speak on Assessing and Developing Global Talent at the Succession Management Seminar on June 3 in San Diego, CA.

The seminar  includes:

  • A personal assessment of your current global capability using the Transglobal Leadership Assessment;
  • Tools and techniques to move your organization’s succession management capability

For the Agenda, see Global Leaders . To register, visit the sign up page.

What does it take to be a global leader?

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What does it take to be a global leader?

Tasked with identifying and developing talent for global assignments?

Have you recently been assigned to lead a global team?

Is your company in the midst of a global expansion?

  A couple of months ago, I was asked to coach a senior global leader, on an expat assignment in the US who was very successful in his country but could not replicate his success here in the US. Having a global assignment and being successful in your country does not guarantee success in a global role.   Join us at 20th Annual The Leadership Conference of The Conference Board, on June 3-5 in San Diego, CA.  The pre conference on Succession Planning will help you  to deepen your own global acumen, learn the key leadership behaviors of successful global leaders and walk away with succession planning tools. 1. Uncertainty Resilience – someone who comfortably adjusts to changes and complexities. 2. Team Connectivity – someone who integrates and connects ideas and people across boundaries. 3. Flexibility – ability to adjust their style in a practical way considering local and global norms. 4. Responsiveness – use customize and appropriate ways to address, motivate, inspire others 5. Talent Orientation – personally involved in the customized development of their own people. It is no surprise that building teams and connecting people while taking into consideration the uncertain and constantly changing global environment are critical leadership qualities of a successful global leader. Find out how prepared you are to take on a global assignment or lead others to succeed in global roles.

For the Agenda, see Global Leaders . To register, visit the sign up page.

Where is your organization in the global maturity curve?

global assignment– Your company has just expanded globally

– You want to apply for a global role but you do not have the experience

– You have just been selected for a global assignment, but are unsure about your own capabilities

You may be experiencing these or similar apprehensions about being a global leader, but you do not need to be concerned.  Join a select group of leaders at the 20th Annual Leadership Development Conference of the Conference Board on June 3-5 in San Diego, CA 

The Succession Management Pre Conference will help you:

  • Learn a global assessment tool to identify and develop high potential talent
  • Understand where your company is on the global organizational maturity curve
  • Identify tools and techniques to build your succession plans

For the Agenda, see Global Leaders . To register, visit the sign up page.

We look forward to seeing you.

 

What is Your Global Acumen?

Global HR Academy

Have you ever wondered how effective you are as a global leader?

What are the key competencies you need to have to be successful in your global assignment?

How do you identify, attract and retain your global talent pool?

Are you ready to take your global leadership to the next level?  Join us with a select group of leaders at the 20th Leadership Development Conference of The Conference Board on June 3-5 in San Diego

At the Succession Management Pre Conference on June 3,  you will learn how to:

  • Recognize, assess, and select talent global talent
  • Analyze and refine your development practices in light of global demands
  • Develop a network of senior professionals who are addressing similar challenges

To learn more about the Conference, please visit our website https://www.conference-board.org/conferences/conferencedetail.cfm?conferenceid=2609

 

 

Low Stress High Paying Jobs

lostresshipay Need a change in career?  Can’t decide how to make a living while doing what you love? Is your career giving you stress?   Are you thinking about a career shift?  How would you like to have a career that pays well and gives you the balance that you want?

Here are some things to think about.

Read this article by Terri Williams published at Yahoo.  http://education.yahoo.net/articles/low_stress_high_pay_jobs.htm

     

Three Valuable Lessons I Learned in my Global Assignment

woman globeIt has been several years since our expat assignment in Belgium but the experience remains fresh in my mind. The two years we spent in Belgium strengthened not only my career and understanding of global business but also my family’s bond.  The experience enriched our lives. Being an Asian American female executive in Europe sent by an American company holding the top job was not common those days.  I was not the typical expat, therefore I was not stereotyped and eventually, I think my uniqueness worked to my advantage.

 

  1. I learned what it takes to work closely and intensely with people from different countries. I learned to accept and appreciate differences including my own uniqueness. I learned that No did not necessarily mean No and Yes did not mean Yes.  I learned to probe further to understand others. I learned to flex my style to be effective.
  2. Since time was limited and we knew this experience would not last, we made instant friends.  We valued our new friends and chose which ones were going to remain our friends even when we moved back home.
  3. I learned a lot about myself. My executive coach was invaluable to me.  At our very first meeting he said since I am Filipino American, I am viewed as an Asian in Europe even if I came from the US.   They expected me to demonstrate typical Asian norms, because this what they know.  I realized how much I’ve forgotten or abandoned being Asian having lived in the US for most of my career years. I took a journey back to who I really am. It was quite an experience to have the freedom to be me again and get in touch with my “Filipina-ness”.

I will never forget my coach, Robert Brown, who helped me navigate through several difficult situations. He became an ally to me, a trusted advisor, mentor and friend.  He introduced me to a new business network who helped me understand local business better. He genuinely cared for my success and became a close family friend.  Sadly, Robert passed away a few years ago.  His influence on my life, career and our family was invaluable and we are forever grateful.

If you are in an expat assignment today or working outside your home country, you may be experiencing a range of emotions – from excitement to frustration.  From loneliness – missing your friends and family , to enjoying meeting new people and discovering new sights and experiences.  How are you viewed by your local colleagues?  What impact does your presence have on them?  How can you make the most of your expat assignment?

 

Join us at The Conference Board, Global HR Academy on June 9-12 and learn more about what it takes to be successful in a global role.  To read more about the Academy, click here http://www.conference-board.org/globalhrleadersacademy/.

 

To apply and receive special pricing, contact Fana Tekle at fana.tekle@conferenceboard.org or call her at 212-339-0210.

 

Unhappy with your job but feel overwhelmed on where to begin?

dash-phone (1)You do not need to feel stuck and overwhelmed in the job search process.  Job searching is a skill and a process that does not yield immediate results. You need to have a positive mindset and energy to take your career to the next level.  JobDash, a new on-line tool will help you navigate through the confusing search engines, resume writing, follow-up and interviewing process to get you hired.

 

JobDash develops software solutions for job seekers and career services professionals. Individuals create free accounts to set a target hire date, follow an effective path to success, and track their progress along the way. An intuitive dashboard and CRM makes it easy to check and modify personal behavior for best results. If you track your finances and fitness to save money and be healthy, why not track your job search to get hired?

 

JobDash for Enterprise helps colleges and universities guide students from classroom to career with real-time metrics to predict and analyze employment outcomes.  I am pleased to be the Career Coach for Jobdash, view their interview on my career at https://jobdash.com/blog/liza-sichon-inspiring-career-coach/#.U3FGra1dVm0

Invitation: The Global HR Leaders Academy

The Global HR Leaders AcademyHR Colleagues:

Wondering how to take your career to the next level?  Want to ensure you are prepared to take on broader global responsibilities? Join a small cohort of colleagues across diverse industries and  a practitioner faculty that will deepen your acumen, broaden your network, and prepare you for expanded responsibility in your organization on June 9-12 at the Conference Board in New York City.

The Conference Board’s Global HR Leaders Academy welcomes experienced, mid to senior-level HR leaders with growing global responsibilities. Led by an expert faculty in a small group environment, the Global HR Academy experience includes:

  • A personal, confidential assessment of your current global capability using the Trans-Global Leadership Assessment
  • A 3-day intensive learning experience, coupled with pre-and post-event webcasts
  • Simulations, interactive case studies with experienced practitioners from leading companies, individualized coaching and a personalized action plan
  • Tools and techniques to help move your organization’s HR capability up the maturity curve
  • Global HR Leader Certification and 13.5 HRCI credits

To learn more about the Academy, click here. https://www.conference-board.org/globalhrleadersacademy/

We are offering a one time special rate of $2,500 for the June cohort only.  To avail of the discount, contact Fana Tekle at fana.tekle@conferenceboard.org or 212.339.0210 and mention this posting from me.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Academy.

 

Are you prepared to lead HR globally?

Global2Join us for a three-day intensive and experiential leadership workshop sponsored by The Conference Board, the very first Global HR Leaders Academy.  Participate and collaborate with like-minded global HR practitioners and hear from a distinguished panel of seasoned global HR and business executives.

 

For HR to take a pivotal role in building a truly global organization, the discipline will require a senior team of professionals who can develop HR organizations that can manage effectively across national borders. Global HR leaders must navigate the cultural differences that affect organizational performance and managerial success, be able to successfully integrate new HR systems, create and implement strategic workforce plans that integrate with enterprise strategies, and retain, assess, and reward the global workforce necessary for the organization’s global success.
Using practitioner-identified competencies and the enterprise-wide insights of The Conference Board, new and established global HR leaders who participate will develop and refine their strategies with the help of their peers and seasoned global HR executives.
Benefits of attending:

  • Understand where your company is on the global organizational maturity curve
  • Identify tools and techniques to move HR up the maturity curve
  • Examine and compare various models for global HR delivery in successful companies
  • Recognize, assess, and select talent for global assignment
  • Analyze and refine your HR and development practices in light of global demands
  • Develop a network of senior HR professionals who are addressing similar challenges

 

Who should attend?
HR Leaders who are currently leading a major global or regional HR function (e.g. compensation, talent management, leadership development). Professionals designated to assume these roles may also apply.

 

Academy Cohort A, 2014
June 9–12, New York City
Academy Cohort B, 2014
November 12–14, New York City

 

To apply and avail of our inaugural discount for the June cohort, please visit www.conferenceboard.org/globalhrleadersacademy or call Fana Tekle at +1 212 339 0210 or fana.tekle@conferenceboard.org

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