Activity #1 Overseas Assignments
The readings this week discuss the unique challenges women and organizations face when making overseas assignments. If you think it is tough in the US for women and families to cope with two working spouses, the idea of participating in an overseas assignment complicates the situation more. And remember, in a global organization, having international experience may be key in trying to get to the top levels of the organization. This is true for women and men trying to make it to the C (chief) level of an organization.
Those of you in the military will likely have first-hand experience with a lot of these challenges.
Should women be granted overseas assignments based on their ability to be successful? Should some of the criteria be about how the host country will receive the person regardless of what that might mean to the career of the female candidate? What about trailing families? What can corporations do to assist men and women on overseas assignments?
Don't focus your comments exclusively on overseas assignments in areas where women are clearly not wanted by the host country. There are lots of other overseas assignments that can also be options for both men and women.
Activity #2 Looking Back, Moving Forward
Having reflected on the topics of the course, in what ways are you likely to be a better manager and co-worker based on what you have learned? Will you relate to others in different ways than prior to taking this course? What was the one most important topic you found of interest in the course?
It is often easier to stay focused on the details of one specific reading or topic but in this conference you should reflect on what you will take away from the course in terms of your career, your management skills, and your ability to relate to others.