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Dec 12, 2017

If you are considering your future career, are interested in learning how to lead a team abroad, or want to know how to win leadership buy-in, this interview is just for you. Julie Kim, Head of International Value Demonstration & Access at Shire, shares incredible tips and advice in this interview.  Julie provides key insights about making difficult career decisions, how to navigate cultural challenges in a global role and so much more!  Check out this episode and get ideas you can use to take action today.

Making Career Choices

  • Career decisions-whether big or small, requires analyzing the benefits and the costs personally. Julie shares how she took a year to evaluate the benefits and possible down side to moving abroad.
  • It is important to have a dialogue early on with your partner/family, so when an opportunity comes up, you are prepared.
  • Do a final check and ask-“what does your gut tell you-will I/we come out better in the end”.
  • Look at your career as a “lattice” instead of a ladder-“think about what experience you want and what are you looking for” and the steps needed to deliberately achieve that role.
  • When considering a career change- think about what experience you want- and determine what you are looking for in a position. If you have an end goal it will help you plan out all of the steps.
  • Look at what experience you need to have to make you a strong leader in an area. Sometimes it requires you to take on roles that are a step back to move forward.  You have to be willing to learn the basics if needed in order to advance.
  • Look at opportunities carefully before deciding to make a change. A role that is a promotion may sound great on paper-but if the manager isn’t a good fit and there is another role that is a lateral role but the manager has a track record of helping lift up others it may be better in the long run.
  • Decide what gives you energy and what doesn’t give you energy.

Leading Global Teams

  • Keep an open mindset. Don’t assume that speaking the same language means everyone will communicate in the same way
  • Understand culture with teams in different regions of the world and how people give and receive information.
  • Leading global teams requires sensitivities to how different cultures communicate ideas.
  • Choose words wisely. Direct communication in the U.S. is received differently in other countries.

 Mentors vs. Sponsors

  • Mentors help with situational issues, and day to day experiences.
  • Sponsors advocate for you on your behalf when you are not present.
  • Sponsors will challenge you and make you uncomfortable and push you in a direction you may feel you aren’t yet ready.
  • Sponsors don’t have the time to work on day to day but are there to help with big decisions.

Leadership Decision Process

  • One of the biggest challenges for executives is they don’t have a lot of time.
  • Present ideas with clarity. Most people don’t have clear messages and take too long.
  • The story must be clear and have data to back it up.
  • Business cases that have great data but the message isn’t clear may not get approval.
  • Know the people who will be in the room. If you don’t have personal relationship with leaders in the room-leverage your network and understand their point of view before the meeting.  The more you understand where they are the better you can make your message relevant to them.
  • Do your homework before you present and be ready to answer questions.

Julie shares how she is inspired by hearing patient stories and it makes her want to work harder knowing the impact the work her company has on people’s lives.

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Credits: A big thanks as always to Team Podcast for editing this episode.