Archive for the 'Global-local linkages' Category

Global Maturity: An Organizational Framework to Succeed Globally

Written on November 12, 2019 at 8:02 am

Last week I participated in a discussion around some of the success factors for how organizations can engage and grow more effectively internationally. We reviewed a report entitled Association Global Maturity: Critical Actions for Successful International Growth and especially seven areas that it laid out:

I. Strategic and business planning

II. Management and organizational culture

III. Leadership engagement

IV. Market insight

V. Value proposition and engagement model

VI. Global organization, roles, and support

VII. Local operations and service delivery capacity

The group shared some experiences with those categories they found particularly challenging with some suggestions of how to address these …

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Global Engagement Takes Time – Part II

Written on September 25, 2019 at 10:32 am

One of the fun parts of being more ‘senior’ in one’s career is having the opportunity to share ‘lessons learned’ over the years.  I had the opportunity to participate in one such session in August – blog post here – and another earlier this month.  Here are a few of the lessons shared from this latest session:

  • The ‘why’ is always the most important – why are you undertaking this effort?  Form (tactics – what will you do and how will you do it?) should follow function (what is it you’re trying to accomplish?).  I’ve often called it the Journalism
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Strategic International Outreach

Written on October 23, 2018 at 8:27 am

If your organization is expanding its international reach, taking time for doing the due diligence to explore and understand new environments is crucial. First steps to take include clearly articulating with your board and senior leadership why you want to engage with a particular country or region and what you are trying to accomplish.  Once the answer to these questions are clear, developing a criteria for identifying or determining if a particular area of the world is aligned with your goals is an important next step.

There is a range of steps you can take to conduct your due diligence …

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Going Global Takes Time

Written on August 28, 2018 at 7:44 am

Going Global Takes Time – that was the theme of an American Society of Association Executives MasterClass on operating globally that I presented at last week.  80% of the group represented organizations operating internationally for more than five years, and 24% for more than 20 years, so there was a lot of experience in the room.  The group discussed some of their successes and challenges in increasing their international engagement.  The unifying theme was the need to look at long-term horizons and not rush the process.  Some of the specific topics discussed included:

Cultural sensitivity –  For organizations, there should …

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Global Trends for Social Sector Organizations

Written on February 13, 2018 at 8:31 am

I recently facilitated a session for social sector practitioners on global trends for organizations engaging internationally, and some ideas for how they could incorporate them into their operations or programs in creative ways.  Here is some of what we discussed:

Tying to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – organizations can use the SDGs as a gateway to encourage their members to think and act more globally

Some examples:

* The International Coach Federation through its foundation has an initiative to ‘advance social progress through coaching‘ by supporting organizations working on the SDGs.

* The International Federation of Library Associations has …

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