While overcoming language barriers, cultural nuances, different working styles, and logistics across a large geography can be overwhelming, the results are often just the opposite – reps struggle to prioritize their time, fail to learn key cultural nuances that could make them more effective, and miss targets they should be crushing. And because there’s no formal training about cross-cultural communications for sales teams, this topic is often overlooked by even experienced sales leaders.
Where will you be after this virus passes?Triathlons are my hobby. Training keeps me sane and I’ve got a tribe of fellow crazies who agree. We got together over the weekend to commiserate recent race cancellations and ended up drinking too much. It turned out in our altered states we agreed to sign up for a full Ironman distance race in June of 2021, fifteen months away.
This year Singapore began implementing major changes to their education curriculum by shifting the emphasis away from standardised tests towards building critical thinking skills. This is a smart move, but it will take years for the effects to benefit organisations who need these “future skills” today. Companies can’t wait that long.In today’s hyper-evolving workplace, employees no longer need to know textbook answers, they need to know how to ask the right questions.
My guest this episode is Kyle Hegarty, Singapore-based entrepreneur with an expertise in sales training and development. For years Kyle has worked with multinational and Asia-based sales teams and culled from this experience a treasure-trove of tales on what it takes to do business in this part of the world. His new book, soon to be released, is titled, The Accidental Business Nomad: A Survival Guide for Working Across A Shrinking Planet.
How to Work with Local Marketing Teams in APAC to Build a Global Brand
A simple idea global teams can learn from cross-border information sharing networks.
People might be shipping fewer items globally, but they are shipping more data and ideas than ever before. Trade, in other words, has gone digital and this is something that is harder to measure than how many containers pass through a port. Globalisation is not dying, it is shifting from products to services.
Kyle Hegarty joins the Business Blast Podcast to share some unconventional global leadership ideas that can help drive success when doing business in foreign markets. https://anchor.fm/businessblast/episodes/Kyle-Hegarty-Cross-Cultural-Teams-e2mger/a-a70qvd
This 3 minute mini-podcast take you behind the data of American communication styles and how to drive clarity when working with teams overseas.
This case study looks at how the Lufthansa Systems, in partnership with Leadership Nomad, created and delivered a world-wide intercultural communications program.
What can happen when one team member doesn't speak up? Here is a 3 minute story of how one global team lost out on one of the biggest opportunities of all time.
This 4 minute webinar looks at how one company saved a million dollar a year client by using culture data to fix a rather unusual misunderstanding. The story may sound strange but cross cultural miscommunication issues like this happen daily and cost companies fortunes. Here's how to avoid them!
Greg Getty loves his spreadsheets. Spending twelve years within sales teams, he routinely hit his targets by staying disciplined and organized compared to his colleagues. It wasn’t surprising that he rose up the ranks within several tech firms and found himself as the VP of Sales and, when the company expanded overseas, his role went global. It was at this point where something went wrong.
Singapore’s 2018 Budget includes a new Enterprise Development Grant (EDG) designed to help firms internationalise. This is welcome news, but with today’s growing climate of global protectionism and fragmentation, it will take more than grants and tax breaks to help firms navigate overseas expansion in this post-globalisation era.
The Year of the Dog begins this week which means, among other things, this is the season when western companies fall over themselves by slapping zodiac animals on their products in hopes of appealing to Chinese consumers. Gucci dog purse, anyone? At the same time, digital payments in China continue to accelerate. Last year, the Chinese New Year tradition of ‘hong bao’ – where cash-filled red envelopes are given as gifts – saw 46 billion electronic transfers. Yes, billion.
Overseas business deals are part of the global landscape but often bring serious unintended disruption. Just ask Cardiff City, where foreign investment caused their soccer team to turn from blue to red. What happened in this Welsh town is a story about the challenges of investing abroad as well as the growing trend of Asian investment finding its way west.
How do you find sales people when the APAC region is so competitive? Is it a mistake to bring in your sales team from another country? How important is it to hire local? In this podcast, Kyle Hegarty, from Leadership Nomad answers the most pressing sales team questions when it comes to growing across Asia.
Congratulations! You’ve just been promoted. The company wants to take all that great work you’ve done with your team and repeat the success at the global level. You’ve got good instincts, you’re a “people person” and have a proven track record of getting results.
Selling across cultures requires a revised set of sales skills. Traditional sales processes including sales stages and how pipelines are measured may need to be reconsidered and adjusted. Sales methodologies – your approach and philosophy to working with prospects and clients – also may need to be adjusted based on different markets around the world.
This is Part 1 of a 2-part Globig Podcast Series about sales strategy and what you need to know about the Asia Pacific market. Globig’s guest is Kyle Hegarty.
Published in the Straights Times, this article explores the key lessons learned from global companies struggling to adapt in this new power-sharing environment.
One of the quintessential Disney rides from several of their parks is “It’s a small world.” As Disney continues its expansion overseas with new theme parks, movies, educational programs and all-other-things Disney, the company continues to provide a great on-going case study for how brands wrestle with the challenges of a world packed with different local and regional preferences and tastes. In many cases, it turns out it’s not such a small world after all.
Companies both large and small have global footprints in ways few imagined even one or two decades ago. While the geopolitical conversations across the world today are shifting towards what Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat called a more “inward-looking mood,” with Brexit and Trump’s populism, the business environment continues to globalize. Many businesses need to be global in both operations and mindsets in order to stay ahead of the competition and even survive.
In their attempt to break into the Chinese market, Victoria’s Secret seems to have been caught with their pants down. Their most recent fashion show in Paris last December was intended to win over Chinese shoppers as the company is in the process of opening their first stores on the mainland. But critics saw things differently. The Global Times called Victoria’s Secret “the latest international brand to rub Chinese consumers the wrong way with ill-conceived Chinese-inspired elements in its designs.”
For most of his big assignments away from Head Quarters (HQ), Leroy Chiao says communicating back to the main office back in Texas was one of his biggest challenges. He specialized in leading elite teams and they worked in remote locations far, far away from their organization’s hub. Communication was tough. The team back home didn’t always seem to understand the local environment where Chiao and his team had been sent.
Angela Merkel really doesn’t like Multiculturalism. As far back in 2010 she declared the idea a failure. Ever since, she’s argued against it. “Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies, and therefore multiculturalism remains a grand delusion,” she’s said in her direct, German way.
Congratulations! You’ve just been promoted. The company wants to take all that great work you’ve done with your team and repeat the success at the global level. You’ve got good instincts, you’re a ‘people person’ and have a proven track record of getting results.
A frazzled commuter talks into her headset during her morning commute. Her colleague on the other side of the world is standing outside a bar, desperately trying to hide the fact that he’s had a few cocktails. It’s 9pm where he is and he’s wobbling around the sidewalk keeping a respectful distance from the other people on phones doing the same thing. These two are waiting for their partner in London who’s running late from a lunch meeting.
Leaders of foreign companies are sweating more than usual here in equatorial Singapore. The country’s Ministry of Manpower (M.O.M.) has been turning up the heat, demanding firms massively increase their local hires for senior management positions. Regulations are coming, they warn. More foreign hires will no longer be allowed.
I once sat through a lecture where the teacher explained that people only retain about 20% of what they hear from a class. I can’t remember the rest of his talk, so his story checks out. One of the biggest headaches sales leaders face is how to get sales training to stick with their sales reps. After making real investments in sales training, it’s frustrating to watch 80% of the material vanish after your team walks out of the classroom.
Here in Singapore, you often hear these comments from business leaders: “I walked on to my sales floor and could hear crickets chirping.” Or, “I thought I was in the accounting department it was so quiet.” Whatever the remark, the point is the same: A noiseless sales team means people aren’t selling. You don’t need a fancy business degree to know this means trouble.
Companies with sales teams both big and small should have a sales methodology – a system sales reps follow in order to win deals. There’s a lot of options out there. Some of the bigger, more widely used, methodologies include SPIN Selling, Bosworth’s Solution Selling, Miller-Heiman’s Conceptual Selling, or Sandler.
Years ago I found myself having drinks with former President of a large Hollywood movie studio. I was way out of my league and did what you’d expect, I drank too much and pitched him a movie idea that was partially made up on the spot. I wanted to bring the biggest names in Hollywood, China and Bollywood together in one epic global romantic comedy designed to appeal to billions of moviegoers around the world.
Are you a moron or is your extended family a bunch of idiots? It turns out insults can tell a lot about where people come from. And, believe it or not, global insult patterns can be applied towards strengthening multi-national teams and even deciding what to sell and where to sell it. Really.