20th August - FEM Sydney Chapter Event: Cultural Intelligence and the War for Talent

The attraction, development, and retention of global talent tops the priority list of HR issues in the global organization. The future managers and leaders who will able to deal with the many additional layers of complexity that globalization brings to their jobs and who operate effectively within the complexity of the various trends in the cultures of the world will be different. They will be true global leaders, able to function effectively in a multinational context. They will have competencies that allow them to compete in an increasingly competitive and multicultural world. Exactly what these competencies are and how they can be best developed is a matter of some debate. What seems to be clear, however, is that a key element is the cognitive development of managers so that they are capable of making sense of the complex environment in which they must operate. Called variously global mindset, cultural intelligence, cognitive complexity, or multicultural personality, this ability seems to be best developed through experience either on international assignment or through global projects. In this presentation I will describe the concept of “cultural intelligence” and what this type of cognitive development means for global talent management.

Speaker: David C Thomas (PhD University of South Carolina) is currently Professor of International Business in the School of Management at the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is the author of nine books including the bestselling Cultural Intelligence: Living and Working Globally, (2009, Berrett-Koehler Publishers).

Location: 275 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW

Time: 5.30pm – 8.00pm

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