Carry a Chicken in Your Lap: Or Whatever It Takes to Globalize Your Business
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Carry a Chicken in Your Lap: Or Whatever It Takes to Globalize Your Business

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Recession-hitAmericancompanies are sending people overseas in record numbers in search of new business. But sadlyaround 75 percent of these expatsfail, costingan estimated twobilliondollars a year.CEOs, vice presidents of international marketing, and HR departments must learnhow to choose and educate the right people to send overseas.Beyond helping companies to save money,...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by St. Martin's Press
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Savvy guide on how to prep a staffer for an overseas job

In The Music Man, the 1950s Broadway musical, a chorus of traveling salesmen sings, “You’ve got to know the territory!” in an old-time train car chugging toward Iowa. The drummers’ point is that you’ll never get ahead if you don’t understand the region where you work, its people and its customs. If this is true of rural Iowa, it’s even more true of Bahrain, East Timor or Botswana. Unfortunately, many companies fail to prepare their employe...more
Chris Aylott
This book brings back a lot of memories of my ex-pat childhood. Over five years in Japan, I met several of the types of people described in this book, and heard horror stories about the rest. Based on that, this book rings true to me.

A lot of the advice in the book is classic "how to get along overseas" advice; what's new is the argument that some business people can not get along, and should never be sent. I think that's always been true, but I've never seen anyone dare to say it before.

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R. William (Bill) Ayres has a career spanning over a dozen years as a university professor and administrator. As a scholar of international politics and foreign policy, Bill has published in several scholarly journals and edited books, and he has penned dozens of opinion articles and papers for local and national outlets as disparate as USA Today and The Progressive Christian. He has given numerou...more
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