Category Archives: Global Mobility
...and a fresh start in 2015...
…and a fresh start in 2015…

Dear Clients and Friends,

We teach others about improving intercultural communication and we want to be role models in our behaviour. That’s not always easy. Here are my seven principles for effective intercultural communication:

1) I try harder and show more patience.
2) I watch my conclusion from other angles.
3) I am more compassionate.
4) I give people a third and fourth chance.
5) I trust even if I had been hurt before.
6) I listen to my heart.
7) I speak slow and use simple language.

As we enter the contemplative holiday season think about this: Who deserves a fourth and fifth chance in your life?

Reach out to this person.

Send a sign of your love.

To all of you we wish a wonderful holiday season and a hopeful start into the New Year 2015.

With warm regards

Angie Weinberger with Ankit, Jeannine, Nabeha, Monika and Usama

PS: We will close our office from 18 December to 18 January 2015. In case you need an emergency consultation please email to angela@globalpeopletransitions.com. I will get back to you as soon as I can.


This week you are finally allowed to open your “Samichlaus Surprise Säckli”. It’s not a Porsche, but I believe it will make you a lot happier.

(drum roll)

Global People Transitions GmbH proudly presents

**The Global Mobility Workbook – A Step-by-Step Guide to Managing International Assignments**

We wrote this workbook for you.

We offer it at a special price of USD 9 (or equivalent in your country) so you can buy it as a present for everyone who deals with international assignments. There will also be a Kindle countdown deal in the UK and US from 24 December onwards.

The ebook contains five parts.

Part 1: The World of Global Mobility.
We explain trends and classify international assignments according to the drivers and show you how to design the international assignment business case. We explain how to integrate the assignment in succession planning.

Part 2: Making it happen.
This is about the operational implementation of international assignments explaining different assignment types, compensation and policy approaches, roles and responsibilities, compliance and working with third-party providers.

Part 3: The Assignee Spouse and Experience.
Another focus is on the process expatriates and their spouses or life partners go through both on a technical but also emotional level. This includes safety and health of expatriates and their families.

Part 4: Developing your Global Mobility Career.
Global Competency is presented as a key component in the development of Global Mobility Professionals. We explore the areas in which your knowledge and skills can be developed.

Part 5: Case Studies and Tasks.
The seven case studies from our daily practice serve to understand Global Mobility challenges in the real world. You will complete a total of eleven tasks, learn technical terms and find useful links.

The ebook is short and concise so you really don’t need to struggle through a lot of academic or other lingo.

You’ll find the book on Amazon around the world. Find the book on Amazon.com or http://www.amazon.de/Global-Mobility-Workbook

ISBN: 978-3-9524284-0-5

Looking forward to your reviews on Amazon!

Kind regards

Angela Weinberger

& GPT – Team

PS: If you are still looking for a poem to read to Samichlaus —>> try this poem and read it out loud.

 

If you are a Global Mobility Professional, intercultural coach or a line manager you probably already sense that out colleagues in Human Resources are often overwhelmed with international assignments, business trips and expats in general.

They need your expertise and it’s great to be in expert. Expertise does not develop in one year though. It takes a life-time.

We believe in taking one step at the time and learning to do stuff yourself. That’s why I have written “The Global Mobility Workbook -A step by step Guide to Managing International Assignments”.

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Because I know your struggles and I want you to shine. AND I like to build from scratch. You can break down the complexity of international assignments when you look at the parts, pieces and process.

After reading the book you should be able

  • to run your international assignments in a strategic way,
  • develop a metric for international assignment success,
  • sort out or develop your assignment policy and be more compliant,
  • have a clear structure on how you can support international assignees and their spouses through the assignment process by providing a worthwhile experience to them
  • develop your competencies according to a career plan as a Global Mobility Professionals
  • know where to go with further questions.

It’s a bit like IKEA. You break it all down into it’s part and learn to build it from scratch.

You can start by checking out all blog posts in the category “global mobility” on our blog.

Kind regards
Angie Weinberger

If you like those posts please become a member of our “Global People Club” now. For all of you who join us before the year end the membership will be free for your lifetime.

It’s best if you use a personal email ID as you might be moving jobs and countries a few times in your life.

By now you have noticed a change happening. You realize it’s not about you any longer. It’s about HR as a whole. What has been preached to us over the last 20 years is entirely wrong. We cannot be strategic business partners unless we re in a strategic function.

Where are these strategic functions?

They have to do with the talent life cycle, with recruiting, with moving talents into the right places at the right time and with developing our current and future leaders so that they are able to deal with the complexity of dealing with today’s world.

We are in the centre of this change but only a few of us have seen it coming.

So what now you might be asking yourself while slurping on your Sunday cappuccino. Should I leave Global Mobility or take on the challenge?

Take on the challenge.

Because you are not alone.

Because we know what will get you there.

Because we can help you.

Change in the assignee population

Many assignees have been burnt by the experiences of expat around the world. They heard horror stories of lack of social security, lower standards of living, marital breakdowns, children being traumatized and not able to study…and worst of all: No one promoted them when they repatriated. The stories are online. Ten years ago there was hardly any communication outside of the traditional “expat clubs”.

Now, experiences are shared. Companies have lost the trust of their employees. Employees of all ages and colors (especially the younger generations) are seeking transparency for their international careers, benefits and working hours.

More Dual Career Couples

Dual Career couples and their issues did not really raise any eyebrows twenty years ago. “Expat wife” was a career aspiration. Now women take the lead and are becoming a major assignee population. Trailing husbands form support groups. Did you read our latest post on dual career issues in international assignments?

And you as the GM Professional?

You still work with tools that are basically excel sheets. You still need to fill hundreds of forms, you still need to seek approval for every minor exception to the policy and you still stay up all night when an expat is in a dangerous country.

What should change for you?

We think your profile (and with that your salary) needs to be raised. We think you need to be a trendsetter, we think you need to be more up to speed on social media, have better tools and you need to be a self-guided learner.

In short: We think you need to be globally competent.

Why don’t you stop filling that visa form right now and start to think about the five most important projects you have to have accomplished until the end of the year so that you can start the year 2015 with more energy?

 

PS: If you missed the context of this post read this one too.

Do you have children? Maybe you already know that in research they are often called Third Culture Kids (TCKs). The term means that they come from a different culture than both their parents. (It is not accumulative.) I thought the post was really informative.

http://www.expatnest.com/10-things-might-known-third-culture-kids-tcks/