srleosalazar Live Twitter interview with @AnneEgros, Global Executive Coach http://bit.ly/9sZSKi 16 Sep, 15:00 (CET)#leointerview -8:11 AM Sep 15th, 2010

srleosalazar @AnneEgros Hello Anne,pleased to have you as a guest today for our interview. I’m looking forward to hearing more about you #leointerview -3:00 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar .@AnneEgros First… What is your definition of culture in 120 characters? So… #leointerview -3:01 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS Culture is collective programming of the mind distinguishing the members of one group of people from another-From Hofstede #leointerview -3:03 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar @AnneEgros Then let’s make it harder – “Culture is interpretation – in one word only #leo-interview #leointerview -3:03 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS Interpretation… #leointerview -3:04 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS Culture gives clues on how to interpret facts #leointerview-3:05 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar @AnneEgros Along the same lines… Can you finish the sentence “international business is . . .” #leointerview -3:06 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS International business is a flow of capital, goods, services, people across countries #leointerview -3:07 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar @AnneEgros Very nice. What is the one tip you would give people to improve their cross-cultural skills? #leointerview -3:07 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS Learn how to listen effectively with all your senses and asking powerful questions #leointerview -3:08 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar @AnneEgros Can you give me an example of a powerful question? #leointerview -3:09 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS powerful questions are open ones like How, What, When – avoid Why #leointerview -3:11 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar @AnneEgros: Okay, I hate to do this, but why should I avoid “why”? #leointerview -3:12 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS “Why” can be perceived as aggressive or intrusive by some cultures #leointerview -3:13 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar @AnneEgros: I can imagine that ‘why’ is indeed a difficult question. I wonder if many people can even answer it . . .#leointerview -3:14 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar @AnneEgros Not only in culture, but also in business. Ask your typical manager “why” and it can be seen as aggressive. Agreed? #leointerview -3:16 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS Asking the question “Why” may be perceived as challenging authority in most cultures #leointerview -3:19 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar @AnneEgros You’ve been a global exec in Fortune 500 comp’s. Did you also experience this differently in different cultures? #leointerview -3:19 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS In Japan for example it is not polite to ask challenging questions or make some negative comments in public #leointerview -3:21 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS On the contrary in the US asking challenging questions is encouraged and perceived as creativity #leointerview -3:23 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar @AnneEgros This is quite a contrast. Were there other cultural situations that you experienced as differ

ANNEEGROS For example Dutch can be very direct and some people take it personal and aggressive #leointerview -3:26 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar @AnneEgros What one bit of advice would you give people interested in international business? #leointerview -3:27 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS First understand what are your true motives and needs: money, status, adventure, childhood dream, career, entrepreneurship ?#leointerview -3:28 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar @AnneEgros So you see part of your function as an executive coach to help people realize their dreams? #leointerview-3:31 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS True, I help them live their dreams rather than dreaming their lives. In other word reach their full potential. #leointerview -3:34 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar @AnneEgros Ha, excellent! Well said. Do you have a success story you can share? #leointerview -3:35 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS I remember one client in her 50+ retired as flight attendant thought she could not work again … #leointerview -3:36 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS With only three sessions she discovered that working as a concierge in an hotel would be her dream… #leointerview -3:38 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS …she got the job within one month #leointerview -3:38 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar Wow, after 3 sessions? Are your successes always this fast? I have the feeling that coaching’s like therapy: years of sessions #leointerview -3:39 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS First it depends on people, coaching is by definition “tailored made” for your clients… #leointerview -3:41 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS Coaching has nothing to do with therapy, coaching is helping clients find their own solutions to their problems #leointerview-3:42 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar Let’s move away from the individual development aspect and look at your international experience again . . .#leointerview -3:43 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar Considering your experience what tip would you give to people moving abroad? #leointerview -3:43 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS Do not compare with “home”, focus on the positive things and people, be prepared to be on your own, be humble and curious.#leointerview -3:44 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar “Humble and curious” . . . it sounds like a certain type of person is suitable for living abroad. Can it also learned?#leointerview -3:45 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS It is important to build on your strengths so an assessment of your natural style will help you develop your skills#leointerview -3:49 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar Let’s look now at using social media for international business . . . #leointerview -3:50 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar What is your favorite website for international or cross-cultural inspiration? This can be anything at all.#leointerview -3:51 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS There is a trend of using social media for business in general such as Linkedin, Twitter or Facebook… #leointerview -3:53 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS For international businesses if you are not on Linkedin you are nowhere ! #leointerview -3:54 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar Can you give an example of a good international group? #leointerview -3:55 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS Linkedin group has 200+ expat groups, I won’t recommend any except “Trailing Spouse Network” #leointerview -3:59 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS I insist that expat spouses need to connect through social media including Linkedin even if they do not look for a job.#leointerview -4:01 PM Sep 16th, 2010

sharisax @ANNEEGROS #leointerview gd Morning, Anne. Saw U hre & just wanted 2 say HI. thr’s bn lots of chatter lately abt twttr becoming less social. -4:00 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar Thank you, Shari, for your question. Can you address that Anne: is Twitter becoming less social? #leointerview -4:02 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS Hi Shari , If you mean more business by less social then definitively I see a trend there #leointerview -4:03 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar Perfect, @AnneEgros, for your answer. And thank you also for your time during this interview . . . #leointerview -4:04 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar @AnneEgros To wrap up, who else are you interested in meeting on Twitter? #leointerview -4:04 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS I like to be surprised and look for open people with interesting, diverse content, no ads no bragging #leointerview -4:05 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS …Great people like you Leo ! and so many friends like Shari, Dorothy, Kate and George… #leointerview -4:07 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar Thank you, and thank you very much for taking the time today. I enjoyed it very much. I will post the interview athttp://bit.ly/9sZSKi #leointerview -4:08 PM Sep 16th, 2010

FarnhamCastle @srLeoSalazar @AnneEgros #leointerview Great interview! thanks -4:09 PM Sep 16th, 2010

ANNEEGROS Thank YOU Leo for this great idea, I also enjoyed every minute of this process #leointerview -4:09 PM Sep 16th, 2010

srleosalazar And thank you for all those who have participated. Have a nice day. #leointerview -4:10 PM Sep 16th, 2010

— END OF INTERVIEW —

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