John R. Fulkerson
Imagine for a moment that you are the chief executive officer of a global business with offices in 120 countries. Further imagine that your company has a proprietary technology that will allow practically unlimited growth and provide a service that can improve the lives of a great many people. Now imagine that the only thing holding your company back is the lack of experienced, wise, and savvy senior global executives who can execute your company's business plan. The problem, in shorthand, is simply an inadequate supply of executive talent. This is a problem experienced by almost every global business organization. Solving it demands nothing less than disciplined attention to the development of a process pipeline that will deliver a sustainable stream of executive talent prepared to do battle in today's global business environment.
The overall objective of this chapter is to provide both the individual executive and the executive development professional or expert with guidance on how to help grow the executive talent demanded by a business world that now regards international borders as less and less of a barrier to the movement of ideas, goods, and services. The principles discussed in this chapter are intended for three audiences: the executive development professional charged with the design and implementation of an executive talent development pipeline, the individual executive looking for some ideas that can be used to improve personal performance, and the individual executive who is called upon to mentor or