From Publishers Weekly
Bloch, a leadership coach, and Whiteley, a writer and columnist for the Times of London
, explore the challenges of managing diverse teams that span continents. Through interviews and questionnaires, the authors extract insights from successful managers and distill their experiences into strategies and key learning points. With case studies from multinational corporations such as Coca-Cola, Shell and United Biscuits, the book is divided into two sections, focusing on the team and the individual. The team section covers direction, communicating in a virtual world, culture, leadership skills and creating a good team. The individual portion addresses EQ, intelligence and work/life balance. Each chapter lists key points and a section that helps the reader navigate and extract relevant themes. Especially useful are their 10 strategies—which address teamwork, building trust, respecting cultural differences—which provide a good foundation and frame of reference for professionals to develop their management strategies in a changing business world. Timely and succinct, this much-needed book will improve the management skills of those overseeing staff in multiple locations domestically and around the world. (Nov.)
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About the Author
Susan Bloch has coached top teams in many of the FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies across the globe over the past twenty years. She has lived and worked in five countries: South Africa, North America, Israel, the United Kingdom, and India. Currently, she is on assignment as Chief Culture Officer for the Retail division of Reliance Industries; one of the few western women working in a senior role in an Indian company. Prior to that she was Partner and Head of Thought Leadership at Whitehead Mann where she was operating as an executive coach, working with executive teams and conducting board effectiveness reviews. Previously she was global head of executive coaching for the Hay Group. A Chartered Psychologist, with a M.A. from Columbia University in NY, Susan has co-authored Employability and Complete Leadership, and has produced a number of research publications.
Philip Whiteley is an author and journalist, specializing in management, particularly the areas of leadership, motivation, and strategic people management. He has written numerous articles for The Times, Personnel Today and Coaching at Work among other titles, and has appeared on BBC Newsnight discussing the portrayal of the workplace in the media. He is author of People Express, Motivation, Unshrink the People and Complete Leadership and his books have been translated into six languages. Now based in the UK, Philip has previously worked in Latin America.