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Global Dexterity: The Science and Art of Adapting Behavior Across Cultures

What does it mean to be a global worker and a true “citizen of the world” today? It goes beyond merely acknowledging cultural differences. In reality, it means you are able to adapt your behavior to conform to new cultural contexts without losing your authentic self in the process.

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Global Dexterity: The Science and Art of Adapting Behavior Across Cultures

What does it mean to be a global worker and a true “citizen of the world” today? It goes beyond merely acknowledging cultural differences. In reality, it means you are able to adapt your behavior to conform to new cultural contexts without losing your authentic self in the process. Not only is this difficult, it’s a frightening prospect for most people and something completely outside their comfort zone.

But managing and communicating with people from other cultures is an essential skill today. Most of us collaborate with teams across borders and cultures on a regular basis, whether we spend our time in the office or out on the road. What’s needed now is a critical new skill, something author Andy Molinsky calls global dexterity.

In this talk based on his award-winning book Global Dexterity, Molinsky offers the tools needed to simultaneously adapt behavior to new cultural contexts while staying authentic and grounded in your own natural style. Based on more than a decade of research, teaching, and consulting with managers and executives around the world, the talk reveals an approach to adapting while feeling comfortable—an essential skill that enables you to adapt behavior and function more successfully in today’s increasingly global economy.

You’ll learn:

  • How to appreciate and understand cultural differences
  • A formula for diagnosing the challenges you face when adapting behavior across cultures
  • How to successfully overcome these challenges, without losing yourself in the process

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The Secret to Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Do you feel comfortable delivering bad news? Do you look forward to speaking in public? Do you enjoy networking? Is it easy for you to speak your mind and be assertive with friends and colleagues? If you answered no to any of these questions, this talk can help!

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The Secret to Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Do you feel comfortable delivering bad news? Do you look forward to speaking in public?  Do you enjoy networking?  Is it easy for you to speak your mind and be assertive with friends and colleagues? If you answered no to any of these questions, this talk can help!

What often sets successful people apart is their willingness to do things most of us fear. What’s more, we have the false notion that successful people like to do these things, when the truth is that successful people have simply found their own way to do them.

Based on Andy’s groundbreaking book and research, as well as on his own quest to get out of his comfort zone, this talk will help you take the thing you are most afraid of doing and make it a proud part of your personal repertoire.

You’ll learn:

  • Why it can be so hard to act outside your comfort zone (and all the ways we avoid doing it!)
  • That you’re not alone: many very accomplished people have the same challenges
  • How you can develop the courage and capacity to step outside your comfort zone

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Andy has worked with

  • Standard Chartered
  • The Conference Board
  • Walmart
  • Alcatel - Lucent
  • Suny Confucius
  • Dorel
  • FCA
  • Fidelity
  • IATA
  • McKinsey & Company
  • MetLife
  • Reebok

Endorsements

"We really appreciated your presentation - your speaking attracted attendees and made our event a success. I thought our members and guests, both MBA Career Management... Read More

Jean Gekler

Foster School of Business, University of Washington Board of Directors, MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance

"We really appreciated your presentation - your speaking attracted attendees and made our event a success. I thought our members and guests, both MBA Career Management professionals and MBA recruiters were very engaged! Your actionable and practical framework of the 3 C's is sure to bring results and success to "break out of your comfort zone" and to build confidence in reaching personal and career goals. Your ideas are applicable to one's self or to situations in coaching, mentoring or advising colleagues, teams or family and friends.”

Jean Gekler

Foster School of Business, University of Washington Board of Directors, MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance

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"Andy recently spoke at our adidas and Reebok North America lawyers meeting and with our senior legal leaders. He challenged the individuals... Read More

Keith Wexelblatt

Associate General Counsel Reebok International Ltd.

"Andy recently spoke at our adidas and Reebok North America lawyers meeting and with our senior legal leaders. He challenged the individuals of the group to REACH beyond their respective comfort zones in an engaging and interactive manner. Everyone benefitted from the session and looks forward to reading his new book."

Keith Wexelblatt

Associate General Counsel Reebok International Ltd.

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"It is imperative that in today's fast-paced environment, leaders get outside of their comfort zones in order to keep up... Read More

Lorraine Grubbs

Author of "Beyond the Executive Comfort Zone", former HR executive from Southwest Airlines

"It is imperative that in today's fast-paced environment, leaders get outside of their comfort zones in order to keep up. No one likes to be uncomfortable, but Andy's message of why and what to do about it, resonated with the leaders of General Insulation. Who knew some of the famous figures he talks about had to push themselves way outside of their comfort zones to become the success they are today? Good message worth hearing. Thank you Andy."

Lorraine Grubbs

Author of "Beyond the Executive Comfort Zone", former HR executive from Southwest Airlines

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"Andy Molinsky is a provocative speaker who is capable of engaging any audience. His keynote speech to undergraduate students was artfully... Read More

Lorien Romito

Director, Education Abroad Glavin Office of Multicultural and International Education | Babson College

"Andy Molinsky is a provocative speaker who is capable of engaging any audience. His keynote speech to undergraduate students was artfully crafted with humor, illustrative case studies and practical frameworks that brought international business etiquette to life in culturally appropriate, relatable and applicable ways. Reviews for Andy’s keynote speech were nothing but positive and I would highly recommend him for any event or training."

Lorien Romito

Director, Education Abroad Glavin Office of Multicultural and International Education | Babson College

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"Andy was a very inspiring speaker at Reebok. Engaging and thoughtful, he drew participants into his points in a way that few presenters can."

Sarah Stuart

Associate General Counsel, Reebok (2005-2014)

"Andy was a keynote speaker at one of our events and drew people in with his engaging style and compelling message! He can inspire people with.. Read More

Jennifer Harnden-Koehler

President and Founder of the Talent Acceleration Group and former president of the New Talent Management Network - Boston City Group

"Andy was a keynote speaker at one of our events and drew people in with his engaging style and compelling message! He can inspire people with his vision and help them step out of their comfort zones in terms of their culture and their capabilities both at work and in everyday life."

Jennifer Harnden-Koehler

President and Founder of the Talent Acceleration Group and former president of the New Talent Management Network - Boston City Group

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"The Confucius Institute for Business/State University of New York was honored to host Andy for his presentation on “Cultural Dexterity.”... Read More

Michael Zakkour

Vice President, Tompkins International – China/APAC Practice Leader and Special Consultant to the Confucius Institute for Business

"The Confucius Institute for Business/State University of New York was honored to host Andy for his presentation on “Cultural Dexterity.” While our programs normally have a China specific focus we wanted to have Andy in because the subject matter is critical to New York City’s business community. Our audience of business leaders, academics, and students conducting business in China, India, Europe and the rest of the world were hanging on every word. Everyone could relate to the inherent difficulties in overcoming cultural differences and context in a globalized world. Andy’s fascinating cases studies and easy to follow instructions on how to become culturally dexterous were met with universal appreciation. His presentation was exciting, relatable and concise. We hope to have him back soon!"

Michael Zakkour

Vice President, Tompkins International – China/APAC Practice Leader and Special Consultant to the Confucius Institute for Business

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"Had an amazing presentation this week from Andy Molinsky for our Diversity and Inclusion International Network! Thank you Andy!! You rocked.. Read More

Mara Brasil Giacobbe

Regional Mobility Advisor & Immigration Manager, Standard Chartered Bank

"Had an amazing presentation this week from Andy Molinsky for our Diversity and Inclusion International Network! Thank you Andy!! You rocked the house!!"

Mara Brasil Giacobbe

Regional Mobility Advisor & Immigration Manager, Standard Chartered Bank

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"Andy Molinsky has been one of our top-rated faculty in our executive education programs at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He is a dynamic, engaging... Read More

Deborah Winslow Nutter, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Practice

"Andy Molinsky has been one of our top-rated faculty in our executive education programs at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He is a dynamic, engaging presenter whose speeches and seminars on global dexterity and acting outside your comfort zone have been extremely well received by audiences from around the world. We love having Andy work for us - and I am certain you will as well!"

Deborah Winslow Nutter, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Practice

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