In my previous post, I looked at why leaders benefit from having a ‘global mindset’ for a global age. Now I’d like to look at the ‘how’ and suggest a few ways of developing a global mindset. This will help you to overcome hurdles and benefit from big opportunities.
Coaching a global mindset
At Cirrus, we often work with global clients on major coaching programmes to help align leaders across many different countries with shared organisational goals. Through coaching, we also help to develop a global mindset.
The rise of global coaching programmes
Back in 2008, the American Management Association published A Global Study of Successful Coaching Practices. One of its conclusions was that success of global coaching programmes is best demonstrated by their impact on overall business (rather than individual) performance. The report also predicted that by 2018, coaching will become more virtual. Well, 2018 is almost here and coaching is most definitely more virtual. For Cirrus and our clients, virtual coaching is the norm. Our ‘Connected Coaching’ programmes benefit from the support of our Strata digital platform which tracks the progress and highlights trends of coaching across entire organisations. It provides valuable resources for coachees and gives them control over their individual coaching journeys, while ensuring that these journeys are very much connected to organisational goals.
The building blocks of a global mindset
In the book Developing Your Global Mindset: The Handbook for Successful Global ..., Professor Mansour Javidan from Thunderbird School of Global Management identifies three attributes that make up a global mindset:
I believe that all three of these are coachable. Through coaching, we can develop leaders to expand their understanding and awareness. A good coach will challenge you, take you out of your comfort zone, and help you to shift your mindset.
I also believe that there are a lot of things leaders can do to help themselves, and based on my experience of helping leaders to develop more global mindsets over the past 25 years, I’ve pulled together ten top tips for things you can start to do today that can really make a difference. I hope you find them helpful. If you have any more to add, please leave a comment underneath this post. I’d love to hear what you think.
Ten top tips for developing a more global mindset
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