Developing Global Leaders


CQ: A Space for Emerging Knowledge

Global Leadership development and training: the enhancement of CQ
April 11, 2013 at 3:37 AM
Cultural intelligence (CQ) can be enhanced through a systematic and integrative global leadership training program such as IATA’s Intercultural Leadership Engagement and Development program (I-LEAD). Global organizations have a substantial return on investment from such programs. For example, the I-LEAD program can achieve real financial benefits for the organization by incorporating high-stakes, real-life global projects that not only help students develop their CQ, but also contribute to the financial bottom-line of the organization through additional revenues and cost-savings. As an example, over the past four years, an average of 40% of the projects submitted by I-LEAD change agents and their teams were approved at IATA, resulting in a financial gain of between one and two million dollars every year. This benefit far outweighs the program costs of approximately half a million dollars.

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The Global Talent acquisition: the direct assessment of CQ
April 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM
Although organizations have long recognized the importance of the recruitment and selection, this key HR process remains fairly unsystematic in many firms. Whether it is staffing for long-term expatriates or short-term travelers, organizations tend to rely on informal and low-utility selection techniques (Shaffer et al., 2006) and focus on technical skills and domestic track record as the most important selection criteria. But, by doing so, some other necessary skills remain outside of the evaluation picture.

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Cultural intelligence and global human resources systems
April 10, 2013 at 8:43 AM
Global human resources systems have several challenges to respond at. Adapting the process of selection and recruitment at organizational change which act with high speed, creating new systems of evaluation and assessment (valid at a global scale), implementing effective training models at an international scale, or replicating the systems of performance assessment in corporations acting worldwide are only a few of them. Several attempts to deal with these challenges made obvious that cultural intelligence must become an important factor to be integrated in the organization’s human resources routines.

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In search of global talents: the challenge of crossing cultures
March 27, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Globalization has made the world smaller and flatter. According to a recent estimate by Colakoglu and Caligiuri (2008), there are about 850,000 subsidiaries of multinational corporations operating globally. Crossing cultures can create a number of formidable challenges for individuals and organizations; for multicultural domestic and international teams; for leaders of multinational entities; and for those in overseas professional assignments. This is because individuals and organizations situated in different cultural environments have different norms, values and ways of doing things. These challenges can be costly to organizations. For instance, according to the International Labor Organization (2009), 70% of cross-boundaries business ventures fail due to cultural differences. Likewise, estimates of failure rates of expatriate managers go as high as 65% and costs of a failed expatriate assignment are estimated at five to ten times the cost of a local hire.

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World Horizons: Adventure Travel Blog

World Horizons is a hobby blog on adventure travel. Over the years, Guido Gianasso visited more than 100 countries around the world. He is interested in exploring regions outside the usual destination of tourists. In the last years, he traveled in countries such as Turkish Northern Republic of Cyprus, Oman, Jordan, Yemen, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Guatemala, Colombia.

The hobby blog “World Horizons” was designed with the aim to share the pictures and impressions about these particular destinations, as an opportunity to discover and learn about other cultures.

Read more on the trips:

Colombia 2013

Sri Lanka 2012

Guatemala and Belize 2011