• Mike Dergis

The wisdom of developing a global perspective (3 of 3)

Our partner, Kristi Stepp, spoke with Stephen Krempl to discuss her experiences as an Expat in Asia. She suggests having an "on-board coach" during the first 90 to 120 days of the assignment to support success.


If I did it again, I would set better expectations for myself and have taken some of the pressure off. I wanted to do too much too soon. Luckily, I had leaders who understood the importance of learning and provided me time to do that.


My advice to others is to make sure you have a great coach to help you through the first 90 to 120 days. This type of change is full of transition traps. Using what made you successful in the past may make you fail fast in another culture and country. Suspend your need to problem solve and actively listen and learn. You'll benefit, both personally and professionally.


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