New C Suite Role in A Foreign Country?

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Anna Letitia Cook

Energising International Executives for more successful, productive, fulfilling leadership
International Executive and Holistic Success Coach | Author | Podcast Presenter | 30+ years working internationally

New C-Suite role in a foreign country? Not going quite as planned?

How’s your brain? Open or closed?

Stepping into a new C-suite position in a foreign country? It’s not just about language; it’s about culture, mindset, and values. 

🔑 Firstly, check your motivational keys. Are they tuned to resonate with your new team, or are they playing the same old tune? Understanding what drives and inspires your team members is crucial.

🔄 Secondly, it’s time to shift gears mentally. Your tried-and-true strategies might not yield the same results here. Are you adapting to the local workplace mindset, or are you trying to transplant your own? Flexibility is key.

❌ Lastly, avoid the trap of misunderstanding. Too many foreign CEOs stumble because they fail to grasp the nuances of their new environment.  Don’t let yourself be another statistic.

Remember, success in a new country isn’t just about getting the job done; it’s about doing it well, in harmony with your team. 

💡 Clear your mind. See through their lens. Embrace their vision, values, and ways of working. Only then can you truly collaborate, understand, and lead as a team. 


❓  Have you witnessed any cultural misunderstandings? Share your experiences.

❓ What unexpected challenges have you encountered in navigating cultural differences?

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