Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Natalie J. Sayer on Working Globally

Podcast Logo Episode 19Permission to Speak

Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.

Our guest for this episode:  Natalie Sayer


Topics discussed:


– working as an ex-pat

– working globally

– the power of how we show up in the moment

– sometimes knowing nothing is good if you have curiosity to go with it

– Cultural Orientations Indicator

– The Country Navigator –

– Learn phrases used in the country you go to

– Learn pop culture for the country where you’re going

– Get informal experience

– Look at people as individuals

– curiosity and empathy

– understand the business practices of the country you go to

– develop trusted advisors, local contacts, local connections

– now we have LinkedIn to help us with local connections or people who know the country you’re going to

– self-acceptance

– be more deliberate in your communications when leading in other locations

– avoid slang when dealing with people from other cultures

– differences in concepts of time

– differences like saying yes versus saying no

– discuss as a team what you’re willing to agree to

– focus on the business outcome

– working cross-culturally

– if you create trust, invite people, and ask questions, you can encourage people to speak up

– know yourself, recognize your assumptions

– be open and willing to learn

– Bob Rosen’s book Global Literacy

– Book:  Being Global

– Book:  Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands

Kelly Vandever is a leadership and communications expert who helps leaders and organizations thrive in today’s attention-deficit, entertain-me-now, wait-while-I-post-that-on-Facebook world.   Connect with Kelly and discover how being professionally human can bring you better business results. 

Contact Kelly by phone at 770-597-1108, email her or tweet her @KellyVandever.

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