Global Agility Self-Assessment

Welcome! 
 
We are so happy you share our enthusiasm for meeting the challenge of what we call Diversity2
 
 
This self-assessment poses questions to get you thinking about the different ways we humans define our similarlities and differences culturally.  It is a first step on a journey from awareness and self-awareness to becoming more globally agile.
 
 
We hope you ponder the questions, your answers could have a great positive impact on your life.
 
We live in a mash-up of the Old World and the economically & digitally globalized/globalizing New World. Becoming more globally agile helps you to take advantage of a world of opportunities and to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing environments: economic, social, and cultural.
 
Global Agility is about approaching a globalized/globalizing world with a spirit of creative ownership.  It's about being joyfully curious, at ease, engaged, globally networked, productive, and enriched.

Global Agility is about fitting in the world as it is so you can pursue your self-interest and promote your beliefs & value effectively.

 

When you finish this questionnaire, you will have focused on a few cultural dimensions and started to become self-aware of your own "take" in these dimensions.

When you hit the Submit button you will receive an email:
 
* reporting your answers,
* suggesting some activities to grow your agility, and 
* links to additional materials.
 
 
Enjoy!
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The content of all Global Agility Services communications is private and confidential.
 
Your answers to this survey
will not be shared with any other party.
 
Your answers will be stripped of your contact information and
added to a database we study to better understand
how people are approaching the issue of Global Agility and
how we might be of greater service.
WHAT IS "GLOBAL AGILITY"?
 
Before we start, let's get on the same page. To be clear...

We are not talking about how well you can relate to someone else because you know about his/her culture.  That is “Cultural Competence.”  

We are talking about how well you know how Culture defines part of who we are and how well you know yourself.  This is the foundation of “Global Agility.”

In today's world, people who are important stakeholders in our lives come from a random set of cultures.  We meet them while at home, traveling, or online and often.  Globally agile people can recognize cultural differences and manage themselves to relate effectively across cultures. 

It's "frosting on the cake" if you know about a person's culture but we cannot be experts in every culture we meet, can we?


In the next few questions, we’ll learn a little about your interaction with other cultures.

Have you traveled outside the USA? *
Did you live outside the USA for more than 3 months? *
We all bring a heritage to the USA that either comes from somewhere else or predates the founding of the country.  Does your heritage (or do those heritages) still matter in your life? *
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Did you “inherit” a language in addition to English from your family? *
If not, did you learn a langauge (or another language) in school? (i.e. reach some degree of proficiency in reading and/or speaking) *
Do you use your foreign language skill (or skills) now in your life and/or work? *

In the next few questions, we’ll learn a little about your career plans or work.

NOTE:
 
At Global Agility Services LLC we distinguish between
 
* Globalization (change driven by economic & technological facts),
* The International System (rules between countries),
* Globalism (opinions about the first two), and
* Global Agility
 
We focus on Global Agility, the only one of the four we as individuals can productively work on.
May we know if you are *
Do you know what you want to be doing in 5 years? *
Do you anticipate that your career or work plans will be affected by Globalization in a 5-year timeframe?

For instance, could your job be "outsourced" out of the country or could your skills qualify you for a high-paying job in an emerging sector? *
 strongly & positivelysomewhat positivelynot at all, weakly, or neutrallysomewhat negativelystrongly & negatively
Globalization will impact me
NOTE:
 
Some of our questions will force you to chose one option
when you might prefer to give a different or a more nuanced answer. 
If you do not wholeheartedly identify with any choice, please select the one you object to the least.
 
Think about why your choice mischaracterizes you.
Such reasons often lead to the greatest insights into how people from other cultures look at things.
How do you feel about our economy and society? *

In these questions, we’ll consider your "takes" in dimensions related to work- and management-style.

When organizing a task, do you prefer to set a deadline or to "take the time it takes"? *
When organizing a task, do you do it yourself or do you gather/join a group to get it done? *
When you cannot be a skillfully polite yet assertive communicator, is it better to be clear or to avoid offending people? *
If you feel it is better to avoid offending people but you cannot get out of the conversation, which of the following would be best? *
Is it more important for you to accomplish your goal or to keep your team together? *

Let's consider how you might approach situations that require global agility.

As adults, should we be wary of strangers or approachable? *
Say you are walking down the street and you stop to buy a newspaper.  An out-of-place-looking stranger walks up and starts talking to you in a foreign language. Based not on what you think you should feel but on how you normally react, what emotions would you expect to feel? Please rank the top 3 starting with the strongest.

In this final section you will assess yourself.

Imagine you are attending meetings in an office your company rented for the day in an international airport. Your team will be evaluating foreign companies to select a global partner.  Every hour on the hour a new six-person team representing a candidate company from a different country will sit down at the table across from you.
 
You need to get through the introductions and have productive discussions with the representatives of each company.  You need complete answers from every company to the serious questions your company will be using to inform its final decision.  You do not want any candidate company to fall out of consideration because you could not get good answers from that company's team.
 
Your boss is going to pick someone to be your team's spokesperson.  That person will be responsible for facilitating the discussion, the most critical factor in the meeting's success. 
What do you do when your boss is looking around the room wondering who to pick? *
How globally agile do you think you are? *
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Thank you for completing your Self-Assessment

After you submit the form you will receive an email reporting your answers, suggesting some activities to grow your agility, and links to additional materials.
 
For customized suggestions, please answer yes to the next question and provide some more information about yourself.  It takes us about an hour to review a form.
Would you like to receive a customized evaluation of your responses from one of our coaches? ($25)


For more on Global Agility, please visit Global Agility Services    
 
To dive into some training on a key cultural dimension, take our Time-Orientations Course
 
Any thoughts, comments, questions, or suggestions please contact Rob Pianka
(717) 550-1291 / rp@globally-agile.com