Chapter 5
Moving the Cheese: Preparing Teams for Change


Team leaders must have a good head for building teams - global teams, that is! The current wave of globalization in this 21st-century knowledge economy has pushed companies past the point where team leaders with international responsibilities can simply carve the world up into territories, putting managers in charge who are primarily technologists with a second language and a flair for regional etiquette. Thus, team leaders who understand the global strategies of the organization can help in partnering with businesses at the regional level, in order to consummate those strategies.

Multinational organizations are employing a variety of strategies to ensure that they have the star leaders they need, and team leaders can help, as long as they possess technical astuteness, business understanding, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to communicate well. Of course, those features are hard to find, as cultural issues are not a clear-cut as one would believe. Different cultures tend to view some fundamental processes, such as coming up with a vision or strategy, through very different lenses.

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