With more than a decade of experience supporting foreign assignees, Jesse Rowell, Managing Director of Global Mobility and Market Development at Aperian Global, shares his expert views on what cultural fit really means. He also shares five important questions that global mobility professionals should ask candidates before sending them on a foreign assignment and the reasons behind these key questions.
Jesse’s Definition of Cultural Fit
In the context of a foreign assignment, I would define “cultural fit” to mean the ability to successfully immerse within a setting that may be outside one’s normal comfort zone. For a foreign assignee the settings are both the corporate culture of their company and the host country culture where they are moving to. Adaptability into both cultures is important in order to feel there is a fit, so that the assignment can be successful. Below are some questions and reasons behind them that provide a framework for cultural fit and assignment success, based on our research involving some of the most successful foreign assignees among our clients.
Jesse's 5 Key Questions
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About the Expert: Jesse Rowell is Managing Director of Global Mobility and Market Development at Aperian Global, which provides organizations with scalable and innovative learning solutions to conduct business effectively across boundaries, including the GlobeSmart cultural tool. The firm has prepared tens of thousands of assignees and families for international moves across the globe, equipping them with best-in-class support for the challenges they are likely to face in their new locations. He is based in Chicago, Illinois.