Magazine article Talent Development

Global Mindset: A Collaborative Approach Advances as a Competency: Learning Professionals Came Together to Explore the Concept of Having a Global Mindset and Exchange Ideas on How to Embed It into Their Organizations

Magazine article Talent Development

Global Mindset: A Collaborative Approach Advances as a Competency: Learning Professionals Came Together to Explore the Concept of Having a Global Mindset and Exchange Ideas on How to Embed It into Their Organizations

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It began with a conference call--four learning professionals discussing emerging themes and challenges in our organizations and in the profession. As members of the ATD Forum--a consortium designed around member connections and collaboration--we were deep in dialogue about the future of learning and what we were hearing in our networks.

Top of mind for several of us were challenges around developing leaders in an increasingly global world. Having a global mindset is a leadership competency critical for the success of all future leaders, not just those in global organizations. Leaders who have a global mindset are more likely to succeed in working with people from other cultures, to display more empathy in any diverse environment, and to be more comfortable in making decisions in different environments.

But recent research from DDI and The Conference Board's The Leadership Forecast finds that only one-third of leaders identify them selves as being ready to lead "across countries and cultures," and only two out of five believe they are skilled at "intercultural communication within the international business environments."

Scanning the landscape

A theme began to emerge as we asked ourselves and one another:

* How should the learning function support working in a global environment?

* Are we doing our part to support the development of global mindset in our leaders?

* How might we influence embedding a global mindset in our organizational culture?

* Are our own learning groups and organizations culturally competent? Do we personally have a global mindset?

* What companies are doing this well? How can we learn more?

That dialogue was the beginning of a collaborative journey to discover, explore, and research new ideas and concepts, and to proactively recognize forward-thinking ideas. With the leadership of MJ Hall, the ATD Forum's content manager, as well as other key Forum members, we developed an approach to advance the Forum's perspective on global mindset. Stops on the journey included:

* research from thought leaders

* a survey of Forum members to identify companies with programs and practices, as well as questions they had about global mindset

* a virtual panel discussion with thought leaders and leading companies

* a peer-to-peer rapid consult at our Spring Lab to crowdsource data from members

* an experiential session at ATD's 2014 conference on creating a global mindset as a leadership competency

* the development of whitepapers and other practical resources for Forum members.

Among the thought leaders in the field of global mindset are Stephen Cohen, founder and principal for the Strategic Learning Collaborative; David Lange, Global Leadership Solutions practice leader at TMC, a Berlitz Company; Milton Bennett, professor, author, and developer of the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity, which is used internationally to guide intercultural training design and to assess intercultural competence; and Mansour Javidan, director of Najafi Global Mindset Institute and Garvin Distinguished Professor at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. A scan of the research provided helpful definitions of global mindset:

* "A person's ability to influence individuals, groups, and organizations unlike themselves." --Najafi Global Mindset Institute, Thunderbird School of Management

* "Becoming aware of one's own culture in the context of how it relates to other cultures in the world, and being able to successfully adapt one's style to work effectively across cultures."--TMC/Berlitz

A survey of ATD Forum members identified other working definitions:

* Demonstrating an understanding of the global environment as well as an awareness of economic, social, and political trends that affect the organization's strategy and operation. …

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