Global Markets and Culture

Michelle talks about the difference in cultures and how the United States new trading partners are very different than those that they are used to dealing with. It is important to realize the differences in culture when going globally with your organization.


New Market Entries

Michelle shares how she helps clients decide if going globally is a good business decision.

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Yesterday, I tweeted my attendance at Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s CEO Summit 2012 Business Climate Summit.

Speakers included the US Secretary of Commerce, the Governors of California and Colorado, the Mayors of San Francisco and San Jose. Attendees were 350 CEOs and me.

Here’s the most important food for though, offered to you in 140 character bite-sized pieces:

  • Number 1 CEO desire to improve the business climate? Improve K-12 public education!
  • “To innovate in education, we have to escape the past” Jim Spohrer, IBM
  • “The kids growing up in San Jose today will not be competing against the kids growing up in Memphis and Detroit. They’ll be competing against the kids growing up in China and India.” Michelle Rhee, Students First
  • Even engineers have to understand the business model of their employer.
  • Technology is advancing very fast, and our systems are 100 years old and need disruptive innovation.
  • “Facts are instantaneous. Education has to be the critical thinking skills to make sense of them.” Ken McNeely, AT&T
  • It’s easy to move data. It’s hard to move knowledge.
  • Jerry Brown is in the building.
  • “Innovation is not popular – in government. I wasn’t called Governor Moonbeam because I was conventional.”
  • Innovation is exhausting because the power of the conventional is overwhelming.
  • Innovation comes from access to education + access to the right environment.
  • “Knowledge happens when people engage with problems. We grow by engaging deeply.” Michael Karasik, IBM
  • STEM jobs are hiring at rate 3x of non-STEM jobs, but are only 18% of US graduates. Much less than China, India, and others.
  • Talking tax reform. 94% of Silicon Valley companies plan on bringing $0 of foreign earnings into US.
  • “When we started Brocade, we were 4 guys and a keg of beer.” Mike Klayko
  • 70% of R&D in US is happening in the private sector.
  • Hiring is alive and well at Silicon Valley companies. The upturn has begun on a global scale.

Michelle Randall speaks at the SACC-SF/SV and Silicon Vikings Business Mixer on May 10th

Leading high-stakes growth in the post-recession economy

Silicon Valley has been called the world’s most competitive market. This, combined with rapidly falling unemployment rates puts ever-greater pressure on your ability to lead a team in this unique place.

Come to this mixer to connect with fellow Swedish leaders in Silicon Valley, and to learn the things you must know to lead successfully in Silicon Valley as well as how to transform your organization to grow significantly in the economic recovery.

Complimentary appetizers and wine will be served at this event.

For more information and to register, click here.


Hiring for Skill or Spirit

Michelle explains why both skill and spirit are important – but the trend is that organizations often lean to the side of skill. Spirit, however, is the area that organizations need to pay more attention to during the interview process.


Strategic Development to Flawless Execution

Michelle breaks down steps related to strategy development all the way through to execution.


How To Mitigate Growth Risks

Michelle discusses the risks that accompany growth. Talent of employees, global presence, mis-management of cash flow, poor leadership and lack of preparation are some of the issues touched on.

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