How to Be an Amazing International Business Leader

Thursday, February 11, 2016, Cultural Differences, by Eliane Karsaklian

Managing and leading culturally diverse teams has been a challenge for leaders worldwide for decades because leadership is not practiced the same way across cultures. Leadership is based on values, as are cultures. International leaders should not only know about national cultural values but also, and mainly, about diverse corporate values. Converging values are needed […]

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Executives are too busy to waste their time working nights and weekends on homework. They do not need to be lectured like students. Executives have better things to do than work on pre-existing case studies about companies and problems that are far away from their own daily concerns. Executives should not be treated like one more […]

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How Much Is Your Expertise Worth?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, International Negotiation, by Eliane Karsaklian

You’ve been studying and working for several years, enhancing your specific skills and experiencing field challenges. You are an expert. But as you keep working in the same domain, you realize that people who don’t have the same expertise as you often ‘sell’ themselves as experts as well. And they take market share, and they […]

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Culture Clash: Please, get me out of here!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, Cultural Differences, by Eliane Karsaklian

After boarding a flight from Paris to Doha, I found myself alone in my row. A Frenchman was sitting alone in the row in front of me and a Frenchwoman sat alone in the row just behind me. Almost all passengers had already boarded and I was thinking that I would have all three seats in my row […]

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In my last post, I spoke about how I’ve gotten involved in an international education project involving one Colombian, one Indonesian, one Singaporean, one American and one Australian. Like me, they are all teachers and trainers. The American has Greek roots and the Australian is, well, Australian. The Colombian is married to the Indonesian and […]

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