Research and experience indicate that most executives, even though they are highly competent and decisive in their “normal” environment, fundamentally freeze when faced with the uncertainties and unknowns of new global business situations. Organizations can pay a massive price for these lapses. Only learning can bridge this chasm. Providing that learning bridge is the mission of the GLP.
The global marketplace demands conceptual pluralism and the ability to master context before designing a strategy. Successful managers already possess many useful mental models, paradigms or maps, which represent their idea of their business, the world around them, and how the two interact. They use these mental models to process information, make judgments and determine how best to get things done.
Effective global leaders must be able to shift their mental map, or frame of reference, to understand different contexts. The GLP focuses on the activity of framing as a leadership competency. A frame is a context-based way of looking at a given situation or event. Frames become tools by which managers can master different business environments. The truly effective manager and leader will need multiple frames, the skill to use each of them, and the wisdom to match frames to situations. To cling to a single vantage point in global business invites catastrophe. People who understand their own frames of reference, and who have come to rely on more than one perspective, are best equipped to understand and manage complex business situations in diverse global environments.
To be effective, global managers must first understand their own frames of reference and identify gaps and blind spots. Within the GLP, leadership assessment, feedback and coaching sessions are designed to develop the capacity to assume different frames of reference and explore their nuances, build greater self-awareness and personal objectivity, and develop a fuller range of choices regarding development goals and objectives.
A core challenge in leading global businesses is the tension between different market realities, management practices, customer needs, cultural norms and business performance constructs. Understanding and integrating these diverse elements poses the core challenge for global leaders. Effective global leadership requires a high level of knowledge about the global environment plus the ability to connect the dots to the value creation functions of an organization, its strategy, business model and operating structure, and one’s own cultural assumptions. The GLP focuses on each of these dimensions and the role of leadership in guiding a global corporation to realize unfulfilled potential.
Strategy formulation tools including macroeconomic and geopolitical opportunity analysis, business model development in relation to organization life cycles and competitive strategies, value innovation, and complex system analysis. Leadership assessment, feedback, and coaching sessions designed to develop the capacity to assume different frames of reference and explore their nuances, build greater self-awareness and personal objectivity, and develop a fuller range of choices regarding development goals and objectives. A holistic framework of learning that incorporates cognitive, emotional, social, physical, and spiritual dimensions in contextual analysis and understanding. A truly global network of leaders and program faculty from a wide array of industries and backgrounds for reinforcing different frames of reference, comparing experiences, generating new insights, and becoming long-term friends and colleagues. Strategic business challenges addressed real-time through action learning project and collaborative opportunities with best practice identification among the member companies.
“The GLP was one of the best learning experiences in my life. It helped me to explore my personal purpose, which is guiding me in my professional life” – GLP Participant