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If the twentieth century was "the American century," the twenty-first century may well be "the global century." Globalization spreads wealth across the world, opens new consumer markets, and reorients the dynamics of the American market. It's a different world, but it's a world full of new business opportunities open to anyone with the courage to seize them.

Successful decision-making in this global age requires much more than just a typical business-school education and the usual best practices. Success requires a new and different set of competencies, particularly the ability to coordinate, communicate, and cooperate across borders and cultures. Executives must be able to transcend their biases to adapt to today's economy, learn to establish opportunities for future growth, and lead multinational corporations with strategies unrestrained by culture or nationality.

Shaking the Globe is a modern guide to this new brand of global business leadership. It's far too late to turn back the clock on globalization, even if we wanted to do so. Small and large businesses deal with this change as a matter of life or death. Adaptation requires the alignment of all employees to appreciate distant local customs, dig up new business opportunities, and master the art of entrepreneurship in an interconnected world.

Combining her extensive international business experience and research with practical resources like the FISO Factor® Assessment Tool—which measures your ability to both Fit In and Stand Out—McGarvie offers Shaking the Globe as a powerful, modern guide to effective decision-making in a world of constant change and shifting dynamics. For those leaders or aspiring leaders who are courageous enough to lead in a challenging business environment, opportunity is everywhere. Stand up and grab it, with this powerful guide to modern decision-making.

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"Every manager needs to see the new world through several lenses. Blythe provides those lenses. You will broaden your thinking and worldview by reading this essential book and understanding how interdependent the world is."
Ram Charan, PhD, business consultant and coauthor of the bestseller Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

"McGarvie offers a framework for addressing the dramatic financial and demographic shifts in a multipolar world. Her perspective is one of engagement, not isolationism, as she urges executives to become global citizens receptive to diverse cultures—or risk losing in the interconnected commercial arena. Like Thomas Friedman, McGarvie seeks to banish globalization's misconceptions while instead advocating a path that anticipates and adapts to change in ways that produce effective strategic action. None of this is easy, but McGarvie is an accessible guide on this rich and rewarding journey."
Dipak C. Jain, Sandy and Morton Goldman Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and Dean of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

"Reading Shaking the Globe is like spending time with Blythe herself. It reflects her enormous curiosity about every facet of our changing world, broad span of knowledge, intelligent observations, and engaging outlook on individual success. Enjoy!"
Tamara J. Erickson, McKinsey Award–winning author of Plugged In: The Generation Y Guide to Thriving at Work

"This is a must-read for men and women who aspire to lead in a global economy. McGarvie cleverly combines a sophisticated but understandable rendering of the global business context with examples of challenges surmounted by real people, and questions that are guaranteed to stop you dead in your tracks . . . and challenge you to see the world in a completely different way."
Robert J. Thomas, author of Crucibles of Leadership: How to Learn from Experience to Become a Great Leader

"Achieving sustainable growth and managing risks concern all corporate leaders, especially CEOs and board members. Shaking the Globe stands out as a definitive work on mastering leadership to successfully compete globally. McGarvie challenges us to rethink the qualities, competencies, and requirements of those who will fit and be successful."
Gayle Mattson, global head, CEO, and Board Practice for DHR International

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470411570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470411575
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,236,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blythe McGarvie has operated profitable business units and managed employees in business endeavors from China to Chile, France to Finland. She has been Chief Financial Officer of a Fortune 500 company in the US and of a leading consumer goods company in Paris. She is the author of the best-seller Shaking the Globe and Fit In Stand Out. She serves as a member of the board of directors for Accenture, Viacom and Wawa, Inc. (the 50th largest U.S. private company).
Since 2003, McGarvie speaks to groups around the world and was appointed Senior Fellow for Northwestern University's Kellogg Innovation Network.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Weston on February 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
McGarvie says "one of the purposes of this book is to encourage Westerners, and Americans in particular, to embrace the new globalization joyfully." She makes the case passionately throughout this book. McGarvie clearly describes the realities of an interconnected globe from the unique perspective of a seasoned executive and board member who has traveled and conducted business all over the world. Even more, McGarvie gives strategies to successfully embrace a new world where "95% of the world's consumers, constituting two-thirds of its purchasing power, reside outside the United States."

I found myself turning down the corners of many pages as I read through this thought-provoking book. In a chapter entitled "Women Working" she presents a fresh approach to describing the critical contributions of women in the workplace, including evidence that "companies with several women board members report better financial results."

This book is well worth the time to read and surprisingly relevant in light of the fast-changing economic turmoil we're in. It encourages us to embrace global realities and resist looking for answers in protectionism and isolation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Hood on December 17, 2012
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This book is a bunch of worthless drivel and isn't worth a plug nickel. I think the other reviews are friends of the author. The book is a joke.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Elliott on November 11, 2009
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Blythe J. McGarvie is a global citizen, who just happens to call the U.S. home. She inspires us to change our point of view in "Shaking the Globe: Courageous Decision-Making in a Changing World." Inspired by Tom Friedman's "The World is Flat," she moves beyond his insights to share her experiences in diverse businesses all over the world. It's new. It's different. Give up your old world views and be part of it. What a way to lead change!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SteveG on February 8, 2009
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In her new book, the author covers a lot of ground on an immense subject - doing business globally - providing a good read for newcomers to the subject.

Any business book coming to print since Q4 2008, through the first part of 2009, is bound to suffer at least modestly from sounding a bit out of step from any financial/trend data and implied projections cited, due to the rapid decline in the world economic picture. And, this one is not immune, with certain figures projecting global workforce and economic growth already likely to be in need of re-casting.

Fortunately, such material makes up a small part of the book's content and value. The real strength is 3-fold:

1-the authors' personal international experiences - the book is peppered with multiple first-hand stories the author recounts of her global career, that infuse the book with an authenticity that comes from one who has "been there done that." In these, she introduces people, places, and particular events with a clear eye and occasional wry humor that are good life lessons for anyone dealing with a global challenge

2-unique perspective as a successful, female financial executive - the author's content is especially strong in chapters on "financial realities" "women working" and "shareholder interests." This is no doubt a direct reflection on her personal experience, having been an early one to crack the glass ceiling, especially in the male-dominated finance and accounting roles she led during her Fortune 500 run.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FAD on March 15, 2009
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This is a very well done book with deep insights from page one... I just have not been able to read it completely through because I keep giving my copy away! Most recently, I passed my copy to a teenage neighbor who is studying global business, and told her to read Chapter 6 - Women Working - twice. I also gave her a copy of McGarvie's first book, Fit In Stand Out, which is still on my "required reading" for new hires.

Shaking the Globe is an important work, and with the current global economic situation, even more so. The title to Part 1 "Preparing for Adventure" is an interesting choice of words considering how the global economy has unwound since McGarvie put the final to press. The book also fits the only two words I'll use to describe the current global playing field: creative destruction. Coined by Werner Sombart's work and popularized by Joseph Schumpeter, Sombart's words ring out: "Again out of destruction a new spirit of creativity arises." I believe the history and postscripts to this current time period will again fit these words, and this book gives a handy prep-class for those looking to get quick and reliable learning.

Shaking the Globe would have also been a great resource for my MBA Global Management Capstone on China just a few years ago, when some argued there was no way a country like China could pass the USA Consumer Market. It would have been nice to have the table on page 5 showing China projected in first place in 2025. There is plenty more here; this is a framework one can and should adapt to their own needs.

I titled the review "here we go again" as I seem to be following in the footsteps of McGarvie's first book FISO, of which I have given over a dozen copies away and sent the link to many more. I have finally "claimed" a copy of Shaking the Globe so that I can write my notes and do my highlighting... I'll pass on the link to Amazon!
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