Practical Application: Assessing Your International Management Skills

Instructor: Mary Matthiesen-Jones

Mary has worked around the world for over 30 years in international business, advertising, and market research. She has a Master's degree in International Management and has taught University undergraduate and graduate level courses .

In the 21st century economy, management is now a global function from the smallest company to the largest. Learn how to assess your own international management skills.

Assessment Questions

In today's workplace everyone has some connection to the world of international business whether directly or indirectly. In Chapter 17 of your course Management Skills Development & Training, some key functions and characteristics of international managers were explored.

In addition to being able to deliver on the five basic skills of all managers - planning, organizing, staffing, controlling, and leading - international managers also have to have some other skills to be successful. When confronted by different cultures and situations, effective global managers need to have a global mindset, an awareness of and appreciation of other cultures, and the ability to cope with the uncertainty that is part and parcel of global business.

So how well suited are you for management in an international environment? Assess your skills with some simple questions:

Skill Question Yes No Maybe
Planning Am I confident in developing and implementing strategy?
Organizing Do I know how to have the right resources at the right place and right time?
Staffing Am I able to find and develop the right people?
Controlling Are my plans followed and monitored?
Leading Do I communicate a vision to the organization?
Cultural Awareness Do I understand the intricacies of cultures?
Uncertainty Management Am I comfortable dealing with uncertainty?
Mindset Is my first instinct to think globally?
Communication Am I comfortable communicating across cultures?

Strategies to Improving International Management

Now, why did you answer ''No'' or ''Maybe'' to some questions? What are some strategies that you would use to improve your skills in these areas?

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