Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The seven building blocks of successful transition

Manage Mentor
The New Boss: How to Survive the First 100 Days
Peter Fischer

Expatriate managers need twice the amount of time for the transition phase as managers who take a new leadership role within their home countries, writes Peter Fischer in The New Boss: How to Survive the First 100 Days ( http://www.vivagroupindia.com/). “This difference is due not only to the fact that it takes considerably longer for expatriates to find their bearings in the foreign setting, but also to the expe ctations of the new setting.”

Such expectations can come in many forms. “The invitation to dinner in France, the welcome party in the US, and the first cordial conversations in Japan – they are all rituals of relationship building that are not to be blithely ignored,” counsels the author. “If the expatriate does not take these rituals seriously and instead gets straight down to business, local managers are likely to take offence and the business relationship will suffer as a result.”

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