Coping with Local politics.
The world has gone global – and that is a good thing. International supply chain management has encouraged new economies to flourish. Technologies incomprehensible to most allow us to see and speak to friends instanty from a hand held iphone. 5G, AI, and new systems are transforming our lives for the better.
But that doesn’t mean that all nations, any nation for that matter, has also created an equally advanced and competent society at home. China is marginalising its Uighurs and trying to assimilate Hong Kong. In the US today more black men are incarcerated than were slaves back in the 19th century. Any reader of my blog – Thought for Monday – will have a critical view of the current lack of principled leadership in the US and Europe. The trend everywhere is towards unthinking populism and demagogy.
So what does a business leader do? How does he or she navigate a world of conflicting attitudes where public approbrium can be immediate? Here’s my little list:
1. Plan your global strategy, identify your core markets, understand their social mores habits, cultures and passions. Use this to prioritise nations you may want to avoid. For the rest be open – publicise your conclusions, be open with shareholders, staff, customers and local communities.
2. Embrace what you can tolerate, what your staff can support, what does not violate your own beliefs.
3. Lead wherever you can in helping to improve core local positions – climate change, health care, education , dealing with poverty.
4. Steer clear of issues where you have a questionable role or right to be and where you may be trying to apply home based american values to an entirely different culture.
5. Publicise your thinking and actions as they evolve and develop.
6. .Be aware of your own shortcomings
Wherever possible be ahead of the curve, lead the momentum for good and focus on uding your relevant skills to help.
All the best and have a good day, James