This week I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Sean Fine of the Globe and Mail for Business Without Borders, a collaborative project exploring the opportunities and challenges for Canadian businesses going global, put together by Canadian Business, Report on Business, the Economist, and HSBC.
I sat down with Sean Fine to discuss what we were hearing from Canadian CEOs in regards to the challenges that come with navigating global markets. Through conversations with many of our CEO Global Network Members, discussions in CEO Group Meetings, and even having the chance to travel with several of our Members as they enter new markets, I was able to explore with Sean the importance of leadership in expanding internationally, and how CEOs can help CEOs to be more successful in those areas.
Have a look at the article itself: it’s called “Learning about Nuanced Language in a Rice Field: Dealing with Diversity at Home Gives an Advantage to Canadians Going Abroad” (which refers to a story I encountered where an executive refused to let team members into a meeting when they entered China without first experiencing the culture, history, and traditions of the Chinese people.)
I also touch on why I think Canadian CEOs are excelling at preparing a new generation of leaders through mentoring and peer groups, why even CEOs need help when it comes to making critical decisions, and traits we see in successful CEOs who are tackling new markets and regions.
Be sure to check it out over on Business Without Borders.