Posted by SBPWA Admin, Thursday, 18th September 2014 @ 12:06pm
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The participation and inscription to the 2014 ‘ISOLDE FRITSCH-ALBERT EXCELLENCY AWARD FOR YOUNG BPW’ is now open. The prize is endowed with € 5.000 (five thousand euro) – and is open to all the Young BPW members worldwide.
The deadline for receiving the applications is July 31st, 2014.
The winner will be notified by August 20th, 2014.
The prize will be handed over on September 13th, 2014 – in Lugano/ Switzerland within a ceremony of the BPW Club Ticino/Switzerland.
Travel expenses and hotel will be provided.
The committee wishes all the participant good luck !
Applications to be sent by email to:
Cornelia Riep (imm past president BPW Club Ticino)
Professional Performance" Isolde Fritsch–Albert Prize 2014
1.The applicant must be a member for at least two (2) years prior to the submission of an application and must be no older than 35 as of January 31st, 2014. An award recipient is expected to remain an active member of BPW – International for five (5) years post-award.
2.The Club President and the Country President are expected to provide a letter of recommendation for the applicant, and to confirm the applicant’s 2 years membership. In case the applicant is a member of an 'Associated club' then the membership confirmation and letter of recommendation to be provided by BPW International.
3. All application documents have to be submitted in digital form and in the English language.
4.Applications must include:
a.CV – Photo
b.Description of the proposed activity to be supported by the award and a statement of need. (max. 10,000 typing charcters incl. free spaces)
c.List of previous awards and recognitions – if any – up to the date of the present application
d.Three reference contacts, beyond the club and country President, are required (e-mail addresses)
5.Application term: full documentation to be sent within July 31st, 2014.
6.Review panel decision is final.
7.A signed cover letter should be included with the application that stipulates an award recipient agrees with the terms of the award.
Posted by Julian Tan, Wednesday, 7th May 2014 @ 1:05pm
24 April 2014
How To Successfully Manage Across Cultures
SBPWA sheds no tears peeling the cultural onion
In today’s increasingly borderless world, studies have shown that 70% of ventures’ failures are due to cultural differences, 82% of multinational firms lose money in China, 90% of leading executives from 68 countries named multicultural leadership as their top management challenge. The cost of a first year expat assignment overseas is on $700,000 SGD, many of which fail.
The understanding and practice of Cultural Intelligence can be critical to success in the global village. It is a top management challenge for many leading executives in multinational firms. Recognizing this, the Singapore Business and Professional Women’s Association (SBPWA) on 24 April held a forum to introduce and discuss CQ (Cultural Intelligence: The capability to function effectively across various cultural contexts (national, ethnic, organizational, generational, etc.) (Ang, Van Dyne 2008).
The event was attended by members from the association, affiliates, as well as invitees from prominent firms of diverse industries. Facilitated by Ms Vanessa Barros and Ms Ng Sow Kam, both of whom have had more than twenty international careers with Fortune 500 companies around the world, culture diversity was immediately highlighted when the role play suggested by Ms Barros had the guests greeting each other in the customary manner of various different countries. The forum also established that cultural difference is not confined by national boundaries, but pervasive across other aspects such as inter-departmental functions, inter-disciplinary faculties, industries or skills.
The proverbial onion was progressively peeled to uncover symbolism of words, tone, and gestures. What may be perceived in one culture as a show of respect and friendship could be offensive or inauspicious in another part of the world. Such faux pas, at any level whether corporate, industrial or government, may be the inadvertent cause of unnecessary misunderstandings. The outcome of these may be comical or embarrassing, or result in lost business opportunity, but in severe cases, they could lead to accidents, death, even war, when the costs of cultural mishaps become too big to ignore.
The culturally intelligent business executives are those who are able to harness four capabilities. They are motivated to learn and understand other cultures, apply the knowledge in their strategies and take action in a manner more aligned.
There is no right or wrong, good or bad, to be judged in any culture, simply that they are different. One’s words and deeds, borne from a set of pre-conditioned underlying assumptions, will invariably be interpreted by others according to their sets of assumptions. Knowing this is a good first step in the right direction.