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Being Global: How to Think, Act, and Lead in a Transformed World Hardcover – April 17, 2012
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Leaders in the twenty-first century need to be able to coalesce teams and resources across borders and to listen with humility to ideas and solutions from other leaders from around the world, because they face global challenges like we’ve never faced before. The experiences accumulated at Thunderbird and highlighted in this important book provide unique insights as to how those leaders can be developed.” José María Figueres, former President of Costa Rica
After forty years engaging with global leaders in shaping the global agenda, it is clear that global leadership is not an innate trait but the result of a long journey of personal learning and growth. The world needs more global leaders ready to connect, create, and contribute’, and Being Global should serve as a perfect guide to jump-start the journey.” Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum
Having the mind-set to work across the worldwith all of its ambiguitiesrequires real personal passion. Being Global captures that spirit by describing the art and the effort of listening, thinking, and acting to make a real difference in this complex world. This is a book for anyone developing his or her own passion for going global’.” Bob Dudley, CEO, BP
The world may be flat, but the road to the global marketplace is filled with potholes. Cabrera and Unruh provide the road map and driving instructions to make the journey a success.” Craig Barrett, retired CEO and Chairman, Intel Corporation
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More specifically, leaders who "act as bridge builders, connectors of global resources and talent, dedicated to finding new ways to create value...They have experienced the difficulties of crossing lines in a world that is becoming more tightly connected yet no flatter, where the nuances and differences across cultures are becoming, if anything, more visible and critical. They have found ways to navigate uneven terrain, close gaps, and make a difference for people around the world." Thus have Cabrera and Unruh identified only a few of many dimensions of what a global mindset must accommodate.
These are among the several dozen passages that caught my eye:
o How global leaders connect, create, and contribute (Pages 23-27)
o Why new global business requires a global mindset (32-39)
o The major benefits of a global mindset for a business (82-86)
o Why global citizenship is an uncommon path to common solutions (121-123)
o How to build prosperity for everyone involved in the given enterprise (140-147)
o How and why leadership makes a difference (169-174)
o The obligations and privileges of "global citizenship" (180)
To their credit, Cabrera and Unruh immediately establish and then sustain a direct and personal rapport with their reader.Read more ›
I found that Unruh and Cabrera confirmed many of my early findings - yet they didn't really talk as much about practical application in a multi-national mid-size to large business. Much of their examples were around small companies that had an idea that could be globalized as contrasted to where many of us are - in a large to mid-size corporation where we've moved from country specific to global.
If you're looking for a good start and some applicable theory - and/or being in a smaller company where you want to expand - this could be helpful. If you're in a big company and looking for advanced learnings on globalization, they aren't looking to provide.
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Good book for someone new to global leadership. Several examples used to illustrate concepts.Published 4 days ago by bjparker
The book gives a nice outline of various communication theory perspectives. It is very clear with good examples. Read morePublished 22 months ago by JASIRIAKILAH
This is an excellent book designed to get your thinking going about its hundreds of real life examples and leaders. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by B. Stuart
The bottom line first - I read a lot about global business. I would say this book has a place in the list of books that merit reading. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Ed Marsh
This book is sparse on useful wisdom. If you've ever even thought about global business, it's stuff you've already thought about. It's all theoretical without many examples. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by avidreader
This was a disappointing read-long on theory short on practice. I heard about it through the Thunderbird neytwork and it was fairly basic.Published on December 30, 2012 by Jim Thomas