From Our Co-founder – Ernest Gundling

Innovation Leadership: From Inclusion to Implementation

By Ernest Gundling, Managing Partner/co-Founder and Karen Cvitkovich, Senior Consultant, Aperian Global Leveraging diversity to innovate and to grow the business is the ultimate goal for most leaders who strive to be inclusive. Diversity in a global workforce appears in many forms (see Figure 1 for examples), and a great deal of lip service is […]

Global Leadership Development (Part III): Going Where the Growth Is

By Ernest Gundling, Managing Partner, and David Everhart, President, Aperian Global Our first blog in this three-part series described how some leadership development programs unintentionally insulate participants from key growth market opportunities and voices. We then went on to discuss the antidote to such protective insulation – the executive version of a full immersion learning journey. In […]

Global Leadership Development (Part II): "Go to the Front Lines!"

By Ernest Gundling, Managing Partner, and David Everhart, President, Aperian Global What can organizations do to equip global leaders with deep insights and know-how regarding the markets most critical to their future? Our first blog in this three-part series described how some leadership development programs unintentionally insulate participants from key growth market opportunities and voices […]

Global Leadership Development (Part I): Falling Behind the Curve

By Ernest Gundling, Managing Partner, and David Everhart, President, Aperian Global Global Trends: The Backdrop Global organizations’ efforts at leadership development are not keeping up with the rapidly evolving business landscape. Many programs are still designed from a headquarters perspective and calibrated for Western participants, neglecting other markets and groups of employees critical to the […]

Inclusive Leadership - Transforming Knowledge Into Action

Last week in our blog, we discussed the return on investment of Diversity & Inclusion strategies. (See: D&I thought leader opinions here.) Now, we will dive deeper into the mindset & behavior that is necessary to lead inclusively. It’s one thing to understand why inclusive leadership is a prerequisite for global organizational success, but we also need to […]

The Culture of Online Reviews – By Ernest Gundling

Roughly half the people on the planet are already online, and there are a mind-boggling 1.5 billion Facebook users. Our daily lives are being reshaped by new digital technologies – we even use technical metaphors for ourselves such as “bandwidth,” or “processing speed,” or “press the refresh button.”  Yet at the same time each of […]

What’s Next for China?

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What's Next for China?

Guest post by, Ernest Gundling, PhD, co-Founder & Managing Partner, Aperian Global China’s stock market turmoil has unleashed a torrent of speculation about what the country’s future might hold. What’s next for China, and what are the implications for companies and for individuals who do business there? Although it is difficult to predict short-term economic changes […]

Global Teams: Building the Container

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Global Teams: Building the Container

How can we improve the performance of global teams, especially those that are working in a matrix context?  Such teams face many challenges: their members are often widely dispersed, they must rely primarily on virtual communication, and they serve various organizational stakeholders. It is not unusual to hear comments such as the following one from […]

Building Leadership Talent for Fast-Growth Markets

Many organizations face a similar dilemma: Their prospects for business growth are strongest in locations far from their headquarters, but they do not have sufficient local leadership talent to fully achieve this growth. They must groom people as quickly as possible for leadership roles that previously required twenty years or more of preparation. While there […]

International Assignments for Global Leadership Development

Now more than ever, companies in the world over are focusing on developing global leaders through international assignments. This is driven by various forces: the steady march of countries and companies becoming increasingly interdependent for economic viability; population shifts and related shifts in GDP; and dramatic recent changes in the global economy that have served […]