The paper 'How to Succeed in the Multi-Cultural Job Environment' is a wonderful example of a human resources personal statement. Career objectives and decisions ultimately depend on personal values, orientation, and lifestyle decisions. Some people may not like to report to juniors while others may get tired of a traveling salesman’ s job. These are essentially personal decisions that employees have to decide by themselves. However, in personal development plans, some career anchors are considered on which choices we hinge. In this paper, I will discuss how I can develop my personal leadership plan on the basis of my life preferences, experiences and activities. The human brain has sufficient plastic to evolve from the individual to the collective.
Each individual has potentials that when unlocked has tremendous opportunities. Certain skills like the arts can be developed better in the contexts of certain cultures while others require uniformity of activities. Theoretically, there are different ways that we can change our minds to bring about personal development – either there is an incremental change when there is evolution bit by bit and the person is not aware of the change or there is pendulum change when one set of skills is abandoned and a new set is adapted.
Typically, we are not aware of how our minds are being transformed. However, when we pay attention to the way our awake minds function, we can achieve much more than otherwise (Ferguson). My life preferences are to integrate into the global business environment in which technology is constantly evolving. Globalization and outsourcing have altered the job scenario in the modern days. As a result, I have found from my experience that the job requirements have changed from what it was in the earlier generations.
In the business scenario of today, I need to undertake a greater interaction with clients and colleagues across regions, work across different time zones, and with people of different cultures and the changing organizational structures. For this, I need to adapt to different cultures and languages. To succeed in the multi-cultural job environment, I would need to continuously develop my skills while also developing my personality so that I have the choice of alternate careers and job-life balance, be financially stable and get access to equal opportunity to advance my career.
The well-defined “ career path” of my father’ s generation no longer exists. I know that whichever organization I work with will frequently switch its demand for different types of technical abilities and generalists. Since I plan to work as a manager, I will have to develop functional expertise but also have a diversified knowledge base. As a technical manager, I would be expected to have knowledge of finance as well. With technological change and transformation of the business environment, new skill requirements are continuously emerging.
Some of these new skills may be a continuation of my previous activity but I may also require dramatic changes in requirements. In times of a changing business environment, where downsizing, cost reductions, performance-related incentives, and employment sustainability are crucial, I will need to be constantly aware of the changes. However, companies also take up measures that enable the employees to realign their goals and capabilities with the business need of the hour. Left to myself, I may be a misfit in the changing atmosphere, resulting in low self-esteem, frustration, and stress, which in turn affect my work output harming the companies’ business performance.
Nicholson (cited in Career Management Guide) lists the career management options available to companies. These are teamwork, competency development, performance-linked payments, a contract regarding flexibility in work profiles, and employability in new roles and self-management of job roles.
Hirsh, W and Jackson C, Careers in Organizations: Issues for the Future, IES Report 287, http://www.employment-studies.co.uk/summary/summary.php?id=287
Career Management Guide, http://www.pao.gov.ab.ca/learning/careermgmt/why-careermanagement.pdf
Useem, Michel (1998) The Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us All, Crown Publishing Group
Ferguson, Marilyn, Transformations: Brains Changing, Minds Changing