Global Communication

The Importance of Staying Nimble in Global Business

And why collaboration is a key part of that

We recently dove into the concept of informal learning and the strategic need for companies to satisfy their employees’ desire for this kind of social learning by giving employees:

  • Access to what they need to know when they need to know it
  • The tools they need on demand and in context
  • A way to collaborate around that useful content

We’re seeing forward-thinking companies already incorporating informal learning more and more into their standard employee development plans. And this shift in corporate training behavior is one companies would be wise to take note of. But if you’re still a little unsure about how to bring “informal learning” into the more traditional workplace or how to convince your colleagues that making an entry into the world of informal learning is indeed crucial, just bring up this key idea:

“If they can’t contribute, you can’t compete.”

This sentence boils things down to the root of the issue: Communication and collaboration are business imperatives, not luxuries, particularly in global business, where so much of the work being done happens virtually. Every day without clear collaboration is a day where business advantage is lost. That’s because global enterprises need to stay nimble if they want to stay competitive and gain market share. Global leaders need to respond rapidly and smartly to any competitive threats. But smart choices don’t come from top talent alone—they come from an entire workforce that is empowered to work together.

Enterprise Fluency™ ensures that your entire employee base can communicate and collaborate from the local level to the highest level, while contributing to global operations. And companies that recognize this and take steps to implement a global communications strategy focused on Enterprise Fluency will be richly rewarded: It’s the kind of ROI that is calculated in dollars as well as in employee engagement, innovation and loyalty.

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English Is the Preferred Language of Business

According to a Reuters survey of 16,000 workers in 26 countries

English Is the Preferred Language of BusinessIt’s one thing when experts in the Business English field give you advice about how to strengthen your workforce in the face of globalization—and it’s another thing entirely when that workforce tells you itself.

A new poll conducted by Ipsos Global Public Affairs focuses on this blog’s common theme—the critical need for Business English in global business—by talking to the employees themselves. The poll surveyed 16,344 employed adults in 26 countries, and the results make some pretty bold statements about the state of our increasingly borderless business world.

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The Workplace Is Changing: Which Raises One Big Question…

how will you manage?

“The workforce is changing rapidly—how will you manage?” That’s the million-dollar question posed in a new video we watched thanks to the Human Capital Institute. Produced by Kronos, an HR technology firm out of the U.K., it kicks off with some pretty bold facts and sizable numbers:

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A Look at the Hidden Costs When Companies Fail to Take an Enterprise-Wide Approach to Business English

Why implementing a global communications strategy will support your bottom line

As part of its recent research into global organizations, Bersin & Associates discovered a “marked increase in the interest in globalization and growth,” says VP of Research David Mallon, “and it’s not limited to just companies you might consider global companies. Even small organizations are having to think and act like they’re global.”

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The Slow Growth of English in Emerging Markets

Reporting on two small but encouraging efforts in the Philippines and India
It’s a stat that’s both exciting and daunting: According to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook published in April 2011, 70% of the world’s corporate growth is expected to come from emerging markets. That presents great opportunity, but also a great challenge: These emerging markets are filled with graduating students who are unprepared for work at multinational companies due to poor Business English skills.

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Business Challenges: English vs. Mother Tongues in South Africa

Inkatha Freedom Party argues for the need for English

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s relationship with the United States stretches back many decades—the South African’s first, but certainly not last, meeting with a sitting president took him to Jimmy Carter’s Oval Office—and continues to take shape in the present day, as he explains in a recent article for South Africa’s Politicsweb. In it, the Zulu politician/founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party recounts a January

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Another Challenge for Global Leaders: Content Chaos

Why your employees need a platform that enables collaboration

We often return to the topic of Business English in this blog, discussing the challenges multinationals face when their employees aren’t equipped with the ability to communicate and collaborate with each other. But what if you’re a company who’s already making an effort to improve your employees’ Business English proficiency and are seeing real gains? Is that it?

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