Kathleen Brush
Kathleen Brush

Leadership and Strategy Consultant

Global Leadership Consulting

It’s a kill or be killed world. Most companies have to expand internationally because the comforts of home can be easily upset by foreign competitors arriving on their doorstep. If a company doesn’t have to reach into overseas markets, there are so many lucrative opportunities it would seem like an obligation in pursuit of maximizing stakeholder value for decades to comeMinimally expanding beyond one’s borders is a defensive move: it’s kill or be killed.

International business is though very different from doing business at home. Countries can have different political systems and they all have their own regulations. If you think it doesn’t matter if a country has an autocratic or democratic government, you may change your mind when a government official arrives and he is collecting on a brand new unofficial tax.  If you pride yourself on speaking freely, and you freely offer your criticisms on repression in a host country, you could find yourself in trouble. 

On the job learning about labor laws can be a real gotcha the first time you want to dismiss an employee overseas. Depending on the country it could be so expensive and time consuming its cheaper to live with a problem employee.

The first time a customer calls and asks where his product is that’s one month late, you may realize that you didn’t think to thoroughly evaluate the impact of a country’s  infrastructure or bureaucratic processes, because the product has been in transit for, well a month.

Have you made up your mind to get in on the growing markets overseas, but find it so complex you’re thinking about rolling the dice on opening an office in Amsterdam, Lagos, Buenos Aires, Riyadh, or Beijing? Before you do that try to imagine how you would address an unexpected issue of some consequence in one of these cities if you had no rights — rights are for citizens

If you want to have a way to quickly evaluate global opportunities and threats  please  give me a call.

The Power of One

New Book


The Power of One
Quick Take:
The Power of One: you’re the boss aims to arm any boss (or an aspiring boss) with essential skills that can earn him/her the admiration of others as a competent leader leaving positive marks on his/her patch in the world. It also aims to arm the reader with enough anecdotes on the negative power of one that it becomes evident that a partially skilled leader should not be content and it is nothing to aspire to be.