Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Everything Korea, July 4 Episode: “Daily Calls with Korea”

“My teams and I are ever on the phone with Korea!” It’s something a week does not go by without hearing. … it’s someone I know so well personally.

With the shift to ever-increasing daily interactions with Korean HQs via web and phone conferences, western teams need even deeper practical insights into the Culture along with new skill sets. In particular, the Executive Coordinator/ Advisor model had its limitations...but the Koreans assigned as expatriates did learn local norms and adapt over time. This mean the Coordinators molded to local operations with a lessening need for many in the local teams to become skilled in Korea workplace norms.

In contrast, Korea-based teams follow deeply imbedded HQ and company norms. They are not likely to model or adapt to their overseas subsidiaries.

This now means strong skills in managing the relationship and understanding the Korean workplace “in’s and out’s” and “do’s and don’t” as well as effective communication take on a new heightened significance.

I feel there is no escaping the need to get you and the team mentoring, coaching and skills sets. I am here to support. Just a call away.

My personal assistant Stacey at stacey@koreabcw.com can coordinate a time for us to chat by phone, meet or handle by email.

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