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GLOBAL CHAMBER

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Global Chamber® Events

WINTER 2018

phoenix.globalchamber.org/events

January 2 and throughout 2018 Enlightened Leaders Mentoring and Peer-to-Peer Advisory January 16 Tips on Cross Cultural Communication 8:00 a.m. SkySong in Scottsdale

SPOTLIGHT EVENT January 23 International State of the Metro 5:30 p.m. DIRTT in Phoenix phoenix.globalchamber.org/events

January 30 Setting Up Your Business Abroad 8:00 a.m. SkySong in Scottsdale

January 30 Global Chamber Phoenix Advisory Board 3:30 p.m. SkySong in Scottsdale

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Recent Member Success Round-the-World

Upcoming Business Growth Events Staying Ahead of NAFTA Trade Law Changes

12 Habits of Warm Connectors Key Business Insights for Investing in Africa

Tips for Cross-Cultural Communication Trade Missions to New Markets Worldwide

Become an Enlightened Leader by Doug Bruhnke, CEO and Founder of Global Chamber®

Enlightenment: Having or showing a rational, modern and well-informed outlook. The world is changing rapidly, so being enlightened to the present and future is essential. Eighty-five percent of new business opportunities in the next five years will be outside the U.S. The business world is full of people rich in culture and diversity. Does your business team have the diversity of the markets you intend to serve? Almost certainly NOT. Women make up half the population, yet they account for less than 10 percent of the leaders on U.S. company boards, and 7 percent of technology industry executives in the Bay Area. These facts are despite the data that shows companies with more gender balance are more successful. What’s holding companies back? History. Momentum. Fear. Fear by women of retribution for speaking out against unfairness and abuse. Fear by men that by opening the door to women in the workplace, they will be left out. Now, in the past couple of months, a claim by one woman against a movie studio producer for abusing his position of power has turned into two claims, and three and many more — and dozens of executives have been fired for abusing their positions of power against women. The business reality is, the world is changing rapidly, and women are gaining more and more powerful positions. And if your business team doesn’t reflect the markets in which you plan to grow five years from now, you’re at a disadvantage to companies who are. And so the time for action is NOW. Twenty years ago, I fought and eventually was able to shift an OL (office lady-secretary/admin) in my company’s Osaka office to phone sales. The office leader had been arguing for many months that “no one at Toyota will ever buy from a woman.” Wrong! Once she started, she became our best salesperson!

Today, Enlightened Leaders must work in a more dynamic world where the vast majority of opportunities are in another metro and country — requiring that each leadership team reach beyond its comfort zone to come up with new approaches that meet the needs of new markets. Teams that have a global mindset and their eyes on diversity and gender balance WIN in today’s world. Too many times we see C-levels NOT fully supporting their team’s development, failing to expose more of the team to international issues. It’s a priority! This is an old problem, and I remember when I started 30 years ago, even multi-nationals struggled on this — isolating global knowledge to a few employees. Now, SMEs wrestle with this issue — and, honestly, not too successfully. So, at Global Chamber®, we’ve made it VERY EASY for the C-suite to share global leadership development with its team. Learn more about the Global Chamber® Enlightened Leaders initiative that offers executives events, mentorship and peerto-peer advisory. It’s for women AND men to better navigate the challenges and gain from the opportunities. NOW IS THE TIME to act — to accelerate growth and success in 2018. Be part of the solution and capture new opportunities. Contact me at doug@globalchamber.org. GlobalChamber.org

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January 2018 issue of In Business Magazine  
January 2018 issue of In Business Magazine