Aperian Global: How to Lead Effective Global Teams
“Global team leaders need to have an open mind to overcome difficulties related to both conscious and unconscious bias. To open your mind, and succeed as a leader, you have to find your crucible – challenge your own assumptions and get out of your comfort zone.”
That was one of the recommendations from Dr. Ernest Gundling, lecturer at UC Berkeley and Co-Founder of talent management consultancy Aperian Global, at AmCham’s “Leading Effectively Across Distance & Culture” event, held at Rambøll’s HQ, on April 10.
In his keynote, Dr. Gundling shared best practices on developing effective global teams – where leaders recognize and support individual differences, and see these differences as a positive asset.
Following the keynote, Aperian’s Director of Consulting, Ekaterina von Gertten, did a mini-workshop challenging participants to reflect on their own bias, as well as discuss the ways they work to bring disparate team members together.
The session culminated in a panel & Q&A session moderated by Dr. Gundling, where executives with global team responsibility were asked to share challenges and best practices in their own operations. Executives included: Scott Wilson, Global HR Director, Environment & Health, Rambøll; Tisha Boatman, Managing Director, Siemens Healthineers and Gladys Røddick, Global HR Business Partner, HBK.