Raising Your Global Acumen

The great thing about partnering with clients is I’m constantly learning from them. Last week, I was facilitating a leadership development program when the client introduced a cool web tool for her participants – it’s called GlobeSmart, and it’s a fantastic cultural awareness and global acumen resource. GlobeSmart, the brainchild of Aperian Global (a cultural training firm), provides global organizations with access to information on conducting business with people from more than 60 countries. GlobeSmart addresses the greatest cause of difficulty in global business interactions – the challenge of relating and communicating successfully with counterparts from other countries, and develops awareness on three levels: individual self awareness, awareness of other cultures, and awareness of global business.

Users start with a self-assessment of their own cultural tendencies, which can then be plotted against the similar profiles from the 60+ counties in the database. In addition, you can learn key facts, trends, and cultural nuances on these countries… and as an online and mobile device tool, it is available 24/7, making it possible for employees worldwide to access information they need, anytime they need it. It also includes practical tips for increasing your skills, and is continuously updated, with firsthand perspectives added by members in the popular FieldNotes section.

Check out GlobalSmart – you’ll win major points for recommending this critical development resource to your organization.