Creating the best foundation for moving abroad for work
Redundancy can provoke a decision abroad to find a job, or it can point you towards a new career that allows you to work from anywhere in the world. Here, we talk to chartered occupational psychologist Wendy Kendall of Globally Talented.
Wendy coaches people through moving abroad for their work. She has worked with many corporates, facilitating the smooth transition of their employees (and families) abroad. During our conversation, she reveals that there is a wrong way and a right way to go about it. And shares with us her recipes for success.
Despite the excitement, moving overseas completely fractures your whole life. In this interview, she focuses on three main areas. These are building your resilience, building your work, and, finally, building your reputation. All of the above will bring opportunities to you. We discuss things like the importance of knowing and understanding your strengths (see our interview with James Eves for more on this) and working out how they can be used in your new location. She introduces us to her concept of turning the volume up and down. This adds flexibility to your leadership style. We also look at the need to grow your loose connections, and how LinkedIn can help you do this.
The tools mentioned in this interview are https://www.viacharacter.org
Wendy Kendall has spent more than 20 years helping multi-national organisations – often under testing conditions – solve their people development issues, bring international teams together, and create global leaders of the future. Since founding Globally Talented in 2003, she has helped more than 3000 people from many different nationalities develop their global careers. Her expertise in global leadership development includes work with graduates, specialists, executives, heads of country, and board members in global businesses from small-and-mighty start ups to multi-nationals.
Wendy has herself experience moving from the Uk to France, and she is now a French citizen!