If your current (or a future) employer asked you to go on a two-year
work assignment to Ukraine, how would you prepare so that your assignment was
What support would you seek from your employer and what part
of the preparation would you take ownership of?
Jon Starrett, a senior executive working in his company’s
office in Brussels, wanted to make a good impression on his Belgium staff.
In order to facilitate good relations with his staff, Ralph
decided to do several things.
First, he arrived at the office early in the morning so he
could visit with his subordinates over coffee.
Second, he initiated an “open-door” policy so that everyone
would feel free to stop by and chat. However, in spite of his best efforts, Jon
ended up alienating his subordinates.
What did he do wrong?