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Global Mindsets. An ability to adopt “simultaneity” of thinking: to see the “big picture” and the details to recognize tradition and future opportunity to balance local with global demand. An ability to engage in proactive and visionary behaviors to achieve strategic objectives .

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Global Mindsets

An ability to adopt “simultaneity” of thinking:

to see the “big picture” and the details

to recognize tradition and future opportunity

to balance local with global demand.

An ability to engage in proactive and visionary behaviors to achieve strategic objectives.


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What Does it Take to Develop a Global Mindset?

  • Curiosity about the world and a desire to become smarter about how the world works.

  • Self-conscious awareness of one’s current mindset.

  • Exposure to different experiences and diversity.

  • A disciplined effort to weave together diverse strands of knowledge about others into a cohesive and integrated framework.


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A Comparison of Domestic and Global Mindsets (Western World)

DomesticExpertise in a function, e.g. marketing, accounting, finance.

Global Expertise based on a broad, general view with functional expertise.

Source material: Steven H. Rhinesmith (1993) A Manager's Guide to Globalization. Homewood, IL: Business One Irwin.


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A Comparison of Domestic and Global Mindsets (Western World)

Domestic A need to prioritize in a step-by step fashion.

Global A need to balance contradictions and recognize paradoxes and challenges.


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A Comparison of Domestic and Global Mindsets (Western World)

Domestic Hierarchical structure is usual.

Global Emphasis on processes.


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A Comparison of Domestic and Global Mindsets (Western World)

DomesticIndividual responsibility is encouraged.

GlobalEmphasis on diversity and teamwork.


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A Comparison of Domestic and Global Mindsets (Western World)

DomesticEliminate surprises.

GlobalView change as an opportunity;

build in opportunities for surprise.


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Questions to ask About Your Own Global Mindset

  • When you interact with others, does national origin impact on whether you perceive the person to have equal status with you?

  • Are you as open to ideas from other countries as you are to ideas from your own?

  • Are you excited in a new cultural setting or anxious?

  • When you are in another culture are you sensitive to cultural differences?

  • When interacting with people from other cultures which is most important:

    • understanding individuals or

    • viewing people as cultural representatives?

  • Are your values a hybrid from multiple cultures?


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