A postcard manager is someone who conducts business around the globe and who glides through the workday without an awareness of the cultural nuances of their surroundings.
Here’s an example…
Day 1: You travel to London for three days on business. You land in Heathrow from Chicago in the morning and take a taxi to the office to start your workday. Dinner is arranged at the hotel with your team and you retire early after a long day.
Day 2: You rise early and take a taxi to the office after breakfast at your hotel. The day is filled with client meetings and at the end of the busy day, you head back to the hotel with a taxi for dinner and retire early to bed.
Day 3: You spend the morning following up with client requests and prepare for your return back to the United States in the afternoon.
Did you get to take in the local culture?
Did you stop at the local pub for an order of fish and chips?
Did you take the Tube? Did you stop at the corner cafe?
Did you experience the local culture and cuisine during your short stay in London?
On your next business trip, follow a few of these tips:
-Take a moment to observe the way things are done in another culture.
-Take a walk outside your hotel for a morning coffee and take notes about your observations. Consider how the observations could translate into adapting your work style in that culture.
-Take time for dinner at a local restaurant and consider any cultural differences that may impact the way you manage your business in that country.
You may be surprised at what you can learn in just a few days in a new environment.
Take the challenge! Don’t be a postcard manager on your next business trip.
Don’t miss out on a valuable opportunity to enhance your global mindset.
Please share with me a tip you gained while traveling around the world on business.