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Global Mobility
help of an amazing leader, Fr. William Faix, we have met
others by volunteering at the soup kitchen, serving at the
Thanksgiving dinner, and helping restore a monastery. Our
parish has become our Sunday place to connect.
Likewise, the Rotary International Club provided a valuable
passport to new friends and the community. Rotary is
both very local and very global. It has helped me learn the
needs of the community, meet Czech professionals, and
better understand local politics. Our Prague club has hosted
country-western dances, dragon boat races, and bike hikes,
all for worthy Czech charity causes. The American Chamber
of Commerce and the U.S. Embassy here in Prague also
provided opportunities to connect and intermingle with
business and government representatives.
The people I have met are strong-willed yet very
considerate of others. Many in Central Europe have
endured hardship or dislocation and have dramatic family
stories to share. History has not been easy for Central
and Eastern European citizens, who have lived through
two world wars followed by forty years of communism. I
am amazed at how little I knew about the history of the
country and have been inspired by the people and their
family stories. Although the time has gone very quickly,
we made lifelong relationships. In retrospect, I realize how
important it is to be connected and wished we had gotten
more engaged with the community more quickly.
Secondly, I learned that it was extremely important for me to
feel productive. I believe most assignees feel very accountable
and want to make sure the assignment was worth the
investment of his/her employer. Quantifying productivity isn't
always easy, but it was very important for me see tangible
results such as growth in revenues, improved customer
satisfaction, and an increase in employee retention. Over the
past three years, the results weren't always moving in the
right direction. I definitely hit moments of self-doubt. At one
point, when not much was working, I just made the decision
that I would not quit. Connecting with key colleagues in the
HQ was very critical to get through the tough times. This
required initiating phone calls, many during the evening to
get advice. I learned what many others have said; the initial
excitement of an international assignment wears off and a
job needs to get done.
Lastly, I have learned how important it is to have my family's
support. My 91-year-old mother encouraged me to accept
the assignment. She just said, " Get home soon! " My two
young adult children coached us to " Go for it! " and, of
course, wanted a great place to visit. Most importantly,
my wife Maureen embraced the idea completely. Maureen
manages a Chicago-based law firm and agreed to commute
to and from Prague. I calculated that Maureen has dealt
with cross-continental jet lag over 38 times over the last
three years! We have learned how to work hard when we
are apart, refresh when we are together and to keep our
family connected. We have met many couples in similar
situations. Without my family's support and health, most
importantly my wife's, I would not have been able to
perform my role or meet my commitments.
What can the employer do to make the employee's
assignment a success? My first recommendation is to invest
in professional pre-assignment candidate assessment
programs. Every employee has a mix of skills, experiences,
family dynamics, relationships, good and bad habits - the
list goes on. All these factors conspire to make or break an
international assignment. The actual cost of the assignment,
the potential cost of a missed business opportunity and all
the organizational drama are just too significant not to take
advantage of a thorough " pre-candidate assessment. " A
recent global mobility study reported that only 25 percent
of companies have a formal assessment program prior to
sending a candidate off on assignment. Too often we see
and hear of families struggling and often with situations
that could have been anticipated.
Honestly, I am not certain that my employer or our family
adequately assessed the risk (cost-benefit to both employer
and employee) before making the commitment to the
assignment. My many years with the company likely gave my
employer faith we knew what we were doing. But I now see
many of the conditions, mostly family-related, that could have
derailed the assignment. I credit my family, primarily my wife,
for being open-minded, flexible and supportive.
Second, the organization and those in the home country need
to appreciate that while an assignment offers wonderful
advantages, an international assignment isn't easy. My
nature is to be open, friendly and helpful. These qualities
didn't always fit into the Czech culture especially without
me speaking the local language. An assignment puts unique
strains on the employee and family. My late evening calls to
home were often met with.... " Sorry, I'm busy with a client, "
or " I'm in class now...can we talk another time? " We missed
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