Working in global businesses is complex; more complex than you ever realise until you do it. The easy truths that seem both simple and correct in one territory don’t always apply in another. The lure of scale and standardisation is strong; it makes absolute sense in the business case. But what about on the ground?
Imagine for the moment you’re not a talent advisor or recruiting professional, but instead the head of procurement for a global retailer. There are certain things you know are pretty much going to sell anywhere: Batteries, toilet paper, pencils and rubber gloves (no, that’s not my shopping list… don’t worry). But what about sunscreen? Snow chains? Or Stetson cowboy hats?
Similarly, there are elements of your talent attraction strategy that are standard.