Have you been considering a career change? Perhaps you are looking at a global role but aren’t sure how to lead a team abroad and need help from a Mentor or Sponsor. In this interview with Julie Kim, Head of International Value Demonstration & Access at Shire, she provides key insights about making challenging career choices, how to understand cultural differences in a global role, what you need to do to win leadership support and so much more. Check out the full interview and listen to all the ways you follow the advice from a global healthcare industry leader.
Navigating Career Choices
- Career decisions-whether big or small, requires analyzing the benefits and the costs personally. Julie shares how she took a year to evaluate the benefits and possible down side to moving abroad.
- Look at your career as a “lattice” instead of a ladder-“think about what experience you want and what are you looking for” Julie shares, and the steps needed to deliberately achieve that role.
- When considering a career change- think about what experience you want- and determine what you are looking for in a position. If you have an end goal it will help you plan out all of the steps.
- Look at opportunities carefully before deciding to make a change. A role that is a promotion may sound great on paper-but if the manager isn’t a good fit and there is another role that is a lateral role but the manager has a track record of helping lift up others it may be better in the long run.
- Decide “what gives you energy and what doesn’t give you energy” and focus on roles and a work environment that will give you energy.
Leading Global Teams
- Keep an open mindset. Don’t assume that speaking the same language means everyone will communicate in the same way
- Leading global teams requires sensitivities to how different cultures communicate ideas.
- Choose words wisely. Direct communication in the U.S. is received differently in other countries.
Mentors vs. Sponsors
- Mentors help with situational issues, and day to day experiences.
- Sponsors advocate for you on your behalf when you are not present.
- Sponsors will challenge you and make you uncomfortable and push you in a direction you may feel you aren’t yet ready.
- Sponsors don’t have the time to work on day to day but are there to help with big decisions.
Presenting to Leadership
- One of the biggest challenges for executives is they don’t have a lot of time.
- Present ideas with clarity. Most people don’t have clear messages and take too long.
- The story must be clear, concise and have data to back it up.
- Business cases that have great data but the message isn’t clear may not get approval.
- Know the people who will be in the room. If you don’t have personal relationship with leaders in the room-leverage your network and understand their point of view before the meeting. The more you understand where they are the better you can make your message relevant to them.
- Do your homework before you present and be ready to answer questions.
There are so many valuable tips and advice Julie Kim provides in this interview, and it is with sincere gratitude that she shared this information.