Responsibility in a Global Economy
By Sara Hurd

As we see globalization increase across all fronts--economic, business, political, ethnic, informational, religious--each of us must determine our responsibility. Wendy Johnson speaks of some of the impacts of globalization in "From the WABC President/CEO": values and norms, ethical or not, are often adopted by indigenous workers, and lack of regulation has influenced what some call a "race to the bottom" of environmentalism and workers' rights. Philippe Rosinski also addresses an aspect of globalization in our Feature Article, "Leveraging Alternative Cultural Perspectives for More Coaching Impact." Historically, businesses and organizations have been fairly homogenous. A local company attracted local employees with similar values and culture. As organizations become more global through immigration, outsourcing, and worldwide expansion, executives and managers must be aware of and leverage cultural differences within the organization. If cultural differences are valued and respected rather than ignored or even quelled, those differences can help an organization become a contributing citizen of each community and nation of which it is a part.

In addition to the direct mentions of globalization, think about the other content in this issue of Business Coaching Worldwide in the light of these issues. Sylva Leduc addresses Web sites in "Beyond Business Basics," and each Web site on the "World Wide Web" is global by its very nature. What about the Assessments you use in your organization (see "Assessment Corner")? Do they have a built-in cultural bias? When you're looking to hire a business coach ("Hiring a Business Coach?"), do you consider cultural issues? What is entrepreneurship like worldwide ("Did You Know?")?

So what is your role in the new global economy? How are you impacting the world in the way you communicate, the interactions you have with others, your understanding of your own culture and values? If you have a presence on the World Wide Web, what does it say about you, the groups you belong to, and the mix of cultures those groups represent? How can you become a better global citizen?

Sara Hurd, BS, CFCC, is editor of Business Coaching Worldwide. She coaches small business owners through her company Keyway Strategies, and since 1998 has been a coach and coach trainer for Franklin Covey Coaching, Legacy Learning and Professional Education Institute. Read more about Sara in the WABC Coach Directory. Sara can be reached by email at BCW Editor.


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