Clear goals or shared goals?

Clear goals or shared goals?

Clear goals or shared goals? Global teams consistently report frustration with their goals. How on earth can this be? Setting goals is management 101. We live in an era which is in love with goals. There is an army of TLA (three letter abbreviations) and MLA (multi...
Is your team shoveling two tonnes or twenty tonnes a day?

Is your team shoveling two tonnes or twenty tonnes a day?

Is your team shoveling two tonnes or twenty tonnes a day? Frederick Taylor was the high priest of scientific, or rational, management. To his followers he was a saint who led the productivity revolution at the start of the 20th century. He enabled workers to achieve...
Technology and global teams: heaven and hell

Technology and global teams: heaven and hell

Technology and global teams: heaven and hell If you want to find the most innovative ways of global working, look at how some of the smallest global firms do it. Three firms in the research for Global Teams each qualified as micro-global firms. Each had less than...
What is the point of expats?

What is the point of expats?

What is the point of expats? Expats are hugely expensive. They are also not highly effective, at least to start with as they work out how the local culture and local business works. Often, they may not even speak the local language. If you are sent on an expat...
Who has the exotic culture?

Who has the exotic culture?

Who has the exotic culture? We are all heroes of our own life stories, and everyone else is just a bit part player. We are like medieval scientists: we think we are at the centre of our universe. As a global team player, we need to recognise that the world does not...