How Important is Global Acumen?

9/5/2013

Simply stated, global acumen is understanding and appreciating the unique characteristics of various cultures around the world and what it takes to live and do business successfully in those cultures.

Possessing global acumen does not mean an individual has an in-depth understanding of the world’s cultures; rather, it implies practical business skills built on an understanding of the principle ways people and organizations of different cultures differ and how to work with them.

As the Vice-President of Leadership and Organization Effectiveness at LexisNexis said, "As more and more business interactions take place between people from different backgrounds and orientations, competence in understanding ourselves and others is a business necessity. No matter what one's 'home' culture is, we can be certain that things will be different 'over there' - wherever ‘there’ happens to be.”

Ken Belanger, Managing Director, TMC