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Fourth dialogin International Conference
June 13-14, 2014

Global Leadership Competence: Personal Qualities, Culture, Language

What is the conference about?

- the personal qualities and competencies required to lead people and organisations across cultures
- the role of culture and language in global leadership models and approaches
- methods and tools for developing these competencies

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What does the conference offer you?

- six varied keynote presentations given by invited experts from management practice, academe, the consultancy profession and HR development

- carefully selected, invited 90-minute workshops facilitated by well-known HR development practitioners

- the opportunity to showcase your own insights, methods and tools. Read the detailed call for presentations here. Use this form to submit your presentation proposal by January 15, 2014.

- an overview of key streams in recent knowledge, focussing on innovative approaches to and aspects of global leadership competence

- a range of insights presented by scholars and practitioners grounded in disciplines outside mainstream management studies, for example, applied linguistics, engineering, psychology

- non-US insights to adjust the balance in favour of knowledge generated in other parts of the globe

- a break at one of Europe's most attractive lakeside venues within easy reach of the Alps at a conference with an unusuallly friendly atmosphere

Watch a short film of the dialogin 2012 conference

What is the conference rationale?

The continuing internationalisation of business and management activity has long since challenged the simpler truths of leading and managing at home.

The task of those charged with leading people and organisations has become immeasurably more complex not only through the scale and geographical spread of international businesses but in particular through the encounter with the unfamiliar and dissimilar values and practices of foreign organisations, colleagues, clients and suppliers.

This has led to situations in which leaders are compelled to interact, perform and achieve business goals in conditions far more demanding than even only ten years ago. Cultural complexity is the rule in many organisations and no longer the exception.

The basic tools leaders often unconsciously rely on to chart their way through difficult waters at home - mastery of their first language and the orientation instrument provided by their home culture - no longer function with the same reliability. They are forced to draw on and develop personal qualities previously unnecessary.

Received knowledge about what competencies and qualities enable a leader to tackle this cultural complexity successfuly has by no means grown in step with the increased demands placed on practitioners.

And strangely enough, although leadership development programmes exist in many international organisations, effective and appropriate global leadership continues to be elusive in practice. It often remains focussed on handling cultural differences as a difficulty rather than on leveraging them as a benefit.

Thus the need for insights into the nature of global leadership competence and how to develop it in people is urgent. The field remains dominated by insights from US management scholars and has shown little progress in recent years in enlarging our understanding of the field.

These considerations form the backcloth to the fourth dialogin Global Leadership Competence Conference.

Who should attend?

- intercultural trainers
- HR and OD specialists
- HR selection specialists
- HR talent pool managers
- consultants
- researchers

Who are the invited keynote speakers?

- an intercultural consultant and a change management guru who have developed a global leadership model to drive cultural change

- a think-tank based social scientist who has investigated the nature of erotic capital in leaders

- a leading applied linguist specialising in crosscultural leadership and work settings

- a writer and the president of one of the US's major intercultural development organisations

- an intercultural management expert investigating bi-culturality in organisational settings

- a professor of strategy and technology management specialising in global innovation

The speakers are based in Germany, Italy, New Zealand, the UK  and the USA.

When is the conference taking place?

Friday - Saturday, June 13 - 14, 2014

Where is the conference taking place?

In the charming Jugendstil Villa Rheinburg in Konstanz, south-west Germany, a town beautifully located on Lake Constance and on the border to Switzerland. Book your room at the reduced rate at the IBIS Hotel wiithin walking distance of the Viila Rheinburg. Or view other hotels.

How do you get to Konstanz?

By plane to Zürich or Friedrichshafen - budget flights available - and then transfer by train from Zürich or catamaran from Friedrichshafen

What does the conference cost?

There are 20 reduced-price tickets available at €245 on a first come-first served basis. This is a €50 saving on the regular price of €295.

Who is organising the conference?

Peter Franklin and a small and much appreciated team of helpers - with the support of partners old and new. Contact email address: franklin(at)htwg-konstanz(dot)de