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Of all the amazing experiences I have been so fortunate to have, across many different boundaries and borders, one of my very favorites is the unique opportunity I had to walk with lions in Zimbabwe.  While canoeing down the river Sabi (avoiding the hippos) was exciting, going on an elephant safari proved adventurous, swimming in The Devil’s Pool at the top of Victoria Falls was amazing and staying in the historic, luxurious Victoria Falls Hotel was, well… historic and luxurious, nothing compares to walking with lions. Many of you probably think I must be crazy – who wants to walk with wild lions? But this was a fascinating opportunity that offered many insights – and besides, how many chances do you get to walk with lions?

As I watched the lions approach, with only a walking stick in my hand and a pre-brief on lion behavior in my head, I wondered how I would engage these powerful creatures and what I could learn from them…

Here is just a bit of what I was reminded of through my encounter with the lions:

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GLABB – a term that defines who I am professionally to a large extent. If you have followed my posts on this topic so far, you know where I stand on the term Global… as well as Leadership.  Today, let’s talk about what it means to work Across Boundaries…. because the reality is that it can mean many things to many people.

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In my world, working across boundaries is about lateral thinking… really comprehending that you are a single piece of a much larger puzzle and that your piece has a significant impact on the larger whole. It also means having the capacity to move across those boundaries to absorb knowledge from one context or discipline and apply it back into your area of expertise to create a free-flow of information – increasing your knowledge and the potential to “create a better mousetrap”. Think Leonardo DaVinci:

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An Evolving Paradigm

December 18, 2013 — 3 Comments

As a leader today, you need to have a taste for adventure. At the very least, you should appreciate the commitment and intense talent that resides within those athletes who excel in sports such as surfing, kayaking or downhill skiing because global leadership, like extreme sports, is not for the faint of heart…

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In today’s complex business environment you, as a global leader, are required to become an Extreme Team Captain with the ability to navigate through unfamiliar and turbulent environments, while maximizing the functional, geographical, and cultural diversity of your teams to create and deploy winning strategies that will change the game forever. In today’s multicultural, dynamic world, understanding that evolving into this new breed of Extreme Global Leader is critical to your own career acceleration and creating sustainable growth for your organization! Continue Reading…

The truth is, you have a choice to make. We are all experiencing an extensive lag that will impact each and every one of our careers and will result in very serious consequences to every one of us – this is nothing new.  You are increasingly expected to do far more, with far less, in a much shorter amount of time. The question becomes, what are you going to do about it? How are you going to equip yourself to successfully keep up and accomplish the Herculean tasks that are expected of you?

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The answer – You are going to develop yourself! Leadership Development is not just a catch phrase anymore – It is a necessity if you are to be a productive, effective agent of innovation and growth… if you are to survive and prosper in this ever-changing, autobahn we call the global marketplace. As such, it is time you took it very seriously and, as a leader, moved your own development to the forefront of your priorities. Continue Reading…

We often do not think about it, however behavior is important:

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Behavior often determines how people act and react to you.

Behavior is the outward manifestation of your courage and attitude.

Behavior determines perceptions (Don’t be fooled, perception IS 90% of reality).

Behavior determines how you are judged – by your boss, your colleagues, your customers and the world.

Behavior will determine if you succeed…or if you fail.

Could anything be more important to you as a leader? Apparently so, because many “leaders” simply do not think before they act – or worse, know they are behaving badly and do so anyway. Before you act without thinking, consider the following… Continue Reading…

The ability to engage successfully in organizational politics is an essential component to your success in today’s global business environment.  We see it everywhere: from the Administrative Assistant’s ability to act as the gate-keeper to the bosses calendar, all the way up the organizational chart… to the CEO lobbying the Board to support his/her pet projects. At every level within every company, how you communicate equates to how well you are politically perceived.

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To become a polished politician, learn to communicate intentionally. In order to focus attention on your ideas and proposals, develop a persuasive style, and always back your position with solid facts and examples. Good leaders adjust their messaging for different audiences, but do not align themselves too strongly with any one group. Continue Reading…