Here's some really interesting observations from Tsedal Neeley about working in global environments. She describes how a 'global work orientation' can be valuable to cultivate for anyone who works for multinationals or in global careers.
According to Tsedal Neeley 'global work orientation' consists of 5 key actions:
1. Embracing positive indifference.
2. Seeking commonality between cultures
3. Identifying with the global organisation rather than your local office
4. Seeking interactions with other, geographically distant subsidiaries
5. Aspiring to a global career
Well worth reading for anyone managing or working in global team environments.
According to a recent McKinsey Global Institute report, the number of people in the global labor force will reach 3.5 billion by 2030 — and yet there will still be a shortage of skilled workers. The result is likely to be intensified global competition for talent. Rather than assuming we’ll work in one location, in our native culture, we will need new skills, attitudes, and behaviors that help us work across cultures. Our ways of thinking about careers, colleagues, and collaboration will need to become more flexible and adaptable.