Business

To compete in today’s market you need a globally ready staff. Global competence is a foundational competency that every employee needs in today’s workforce. Businesses survive by hiring, promoting and internationally transferring employees who have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed in the global economy. All business is global now, either directly or indirectly, and your staff has to be prepared to succeed in a transnational, multi-lingual, culturally diverse, and technologically interdependent environment.

The Global Competence Aptitude Assessment (GCAA)® can help you make informed decisions about whom to hire, whom to promote, and which employees are ready today for cross-cultural, international, or global projects or assignments. The GCAA® can also identify targeted areas to develop for staff improvement programs. In addition, GCAA® metrics can support succession planning so that high performers and high potentials (HIPOs) can expand their functional capabilities into cross-cultural work environments.

Business Applications for the GCAA®

  • Building and developing a robust talent pipeline that is capable of working across the world

  • Supporting selection processes, such as identifying, hiring, or promoting high potentials (HIPOs) and high performers who are ready for global work

  • Delivering personal insights to individuals who interact with diverse populations

  • Supporting the development of individuals for global mobility, as well as international or global projects and teams

  • Identifying targeted individual development needs and interventions to support impactful Individual Development Plans (IDPs) / Personal Development Plans (PDPs)

  • Determining and prioritizing group development needs, such as in advance of an employee training or development program

  • Collecting objective diagnostics and prioritizing organizational development (OD) interventions for international or global business effectiveness

  • Building and developing a robust talent pipeline that is capable of working across the world

  • Supporting selection processes, such as identifying, hiring, or promoting high potentials (HIPOs) and high performers who are ready for global work

  • Delivering personal insights to individuals who interact with diverse populations

  • Supporting the development of individuals for global mobility, as well as international or global projects and teams

  • Identifying targeted individual development needs and interventions to support impactful Individual Development Plans (IDPs) / Personal Development Plans (PDPs)

  • Determining and prioritizing group development needs, such as in advance of an employee training or development program

  • Collecting objective diagnostics and prioritizing organizational development (OD) interventions for international or global business effectiveness

The GCAA® fills a gaping hole in the current landscape of developmental tools for global talent. Avoiding the traps of the nebulous concept of ‘global mindset’, the GCAA® focuses on a more tangible notion of aptitude as the focus of development. The Internal and External Readiness dimensions allow a clear distinction between awareness and knowledge as well as attitudinal and behavioral factors of global competence. The GCAA® is a well-structured and operationalized tool that enables nuanced development of global leadership capabilities.”

Joerg Schmitz,

Cultural Anthropologist and Managing Partner, ThomasLeland

“What a great tool! The GCAA® provides our early career high potentials with cultural awareness insight that they have not been exposed to before. It helps them determine where their gaps are so that they can begin to develop the knowledge and skills needed throughout their careers.”

Kim Rhule,

Senior Manager, Talent Management and Organizational Development, Curtiss-Wright

“The GCAA® provides opportunity insights to retool employee development by reskilling for global competence. It is a great asset for organizations that are implementing global growth strategies.”

Ila Gandhi,

Managing Director, Global Cultural Consulting, Berlitz

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