The Global Cosmopolitan


When you are looking for new talent to hire, are you searching for an individual that can quickly move between cultures and countries? I ask the question because not only am I curious about your response, but the work is changing. We are now entering what the World Economic Forum is calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

"We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before."

Klaus Schwab
Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

For the sake of argument, I will conclude that your next hire should understand not only how to engage with culturally diverse teams, but they should understand diverse markets.

Yes, I know the problem remains what do you look for when hiring this new team member? Linda Brimm, Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behavior at INSEAD, explains that you should hire the “global cosmopolitan.” This is an individual that is multilingual, highly educated, and who has worked outside of her native culture. So how do you begin the search? You can start locally, within your team and scan who has worked abroad.

In the end, you are responsible for designing the world that works for us and that will only occur when you start looking at the world through a long-term lens.