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Become the Hero of Your Career in Vietnam

Madeline Coates Posted by Madeline Coates, Digital & Editorial Intern, Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Madeline Coates is an English major at Westmont college and the former Digital and Editorial Intern at Berrett-Koehler.

Become the Hero of Your Career in Vietnam

This webinar was recorded live by the BK Global Task Force April 22, 2014. 

Become the Hero of Your Career in Vietnam examines ways in which emerging leaders in Vietnam can maximize their natural leadership potential. Panelists explore the influence of culture and psychology in the shaping of an effective leader, and offer strategies for overcoming obstacles to achieve a well-rounded leadership style.

Lan Bercu, speaking from her experience as a Vietnamese woman in an American business environment, carefully lays out the underlying cultural assumptions that can create communication barriers between those from a context of American individualism and those from a Vietnamese background, who tend to place greater emphasis on harmony and community. She presents these viewpoints as poles on a continuum, and challenges leaders to assess their own place on this scale. This message of self-awareness continues into Don Maruska's presentation on accessing one's own untapped potential. His "take charge of your talent" approach outlines three transformations a person must undergo (victim to hero, obstacles into opportunities, ideas into assets) in order to make full use of their natural talents. Jennifer B. Kahnweiler closes with a discussion of the often underestimated leadership abilities of introverts, and presents a set of tools to help those who are introverted to step more easily into leadership roles.

Panelist Profiles

Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D. Certified Speaking Professional, is an author and international speaker. Hailed as a "champion for introverts" her bestselling books, The Introverted Leader and Quiet Influence have sold over 60,000 copies and have been translated into eleven languages. Clients include GE, NASA the US Embassy In Vietnam and the Vietnam Education Foundation. (Twitter Website)

Lan Bercu, born in Vietnam, is a founder and president of Lead Across Cultures International, a seminar leader and expert on cross-cultural competence and global leadership development. Lan is the author of new book, The 36 Ancient Chinese Strategies for Modern Business and has been featured on the Finance Business News Channel, Vietnam Investment Review, Entrepreneur magazine and other media channels. (Facebook Twitter Website)

Don Maruska guides leaders and teams to be their best. Prior to becoming a Master Certified Coach, he founded and was CEO of three Silicon Valley companies and received the National Innovator's Award. He is author of the books "How Great Decisions Get Made" and "Take Charge of Your Talent." (Twitter Website)