Managing Your Career as a Global Professional

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

In this CareerCast, Susan Collins discusses some of the risks and rewards of taking opportunities outside of your home region, how to manage personal and professional relationships globally, how to map out a re-entry strategy, and more.

Aired April 19, 2007

As a young researcher at the National Institute of Health, Susan stood up in one of the institute’s high-powered weekly conferences and proclaimed: “I think we’re on the wrong track. We should be studying highly successful people, not only ill and dysfunctional ones.” Her colleagues all laughed. But, undeterred, Susan shadowed the greats of the planet in fields from physics and psychology to business and the arts for months at a time; she discovered they were using 10 skills consistently, even though they didn’t know it. 

Since 1985, she has taught people to use not just the Success Skills they know, but all 10 at precisely the right time, which led to her creating The Technology of Success. Collins has developed and facilitated over 2,500 training programs globally for organizations like the Miami Herald; CNN; American Express; Women in Leadership in Shanghai and Qingdao, China; Motorola; Kimberly-Clark; Ryder System; Florida Power & Light; Dow Chemical; IBM; Merrill Lynch; CondeNast; and PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

Collins has published several books, including Shifting Gears: How YOU Can Succeed and Lead in the NEW Workplace (September 2005) with Richard Israel; The Joy of Success: 10 Essential Skills for Getting the Success You Want (HarperCollins 2004) in English, Chinese, French, Polish, and Indonesian; Intuition at Work, (anthology, Sterling and Stone 1996); Our Children Are Watching: Ten Skills for Leading the Next Generation to Success (Barrytown, 1995); and The Me Book (Roundtable 1986). She was a contributor to Grass Roots Leaders: The Brainsmart Revolution in Business (Gower 2007) and Asian Wisdom in Business (in process).

She has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, including CNN’s Business UnusualWeekend Today ShowEye on Books, and Something You Should Know.

Susan has a bachelor of science from Drexel University. From Temple University, she received a master’s in education; a certification as a Master Teacher and honors from Phi Beta Kappa, Psi Chi Psychology, Pi Kappa Delta Education, and Phi Kappa Phi. Susan is also in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, International Who’s Who of Professionals, National Speakers Association, National Writers Association, and Who’s Who in the World. She is director and board member of the Strategic Forum.

Please visit Susan’s website for more information.

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From the Outside In: Seven Strategies for Success When You’re Not a Member of the Dominant Group in Your Workplace, Renee Blank, Sandra Slipp. 

Going to the Top—A Road Map for Success from America’s Leading Women Executives: Based on Lessons Learned from 200 Women at the Top of America’s Fortune 1000 Companies, Carol Gallagher. 

What Every Successful Woman Knows: 12 Breakthrough Strategies to Get the Power and Ignite Your Career, Janice Reals Ellig, William J. Morin. 

What You Don’t Know and Your Boss Won’t Tell You: Advice from Senior Female Executives and What You Need to Succeed, Pamela F. Lenehan

Business Translator: Business Words, Phrases & Pronunciation Guides for Over 65 Languages, Dawn Montague.

First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman. 

Gestures: The DO’s and TABOOs of Body Language Around the World, Roger E. Axtell. 

Global Resume and CV Guide: From the Experts in Executive Research and Recruiting, Mary Anne Thompson.

Global Smarts: How to Communicate, Negotiate, and Work Successfully with People Anywhere in the World, Sheila Hodge.

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: How to Do Business in 60 Countries, Terri Morrison, Wayne A. Conaway, George A. Borden.

Work Worldwide: International Career Strategies for the Adventurous Job Seeker, Nancy Mueller. 

Business Etiquette: 101 Ways to Conduct Business with Charm and Savvy, Ann Marie Sabath.

Don’t Slurp Your Soup: A Basic Guide to Business Etiquette, Betty Craig.

Executive Etiquette in the Workplace: An Indispensable Guide to the Corporate Conduct that Will Launch and Develop Anyone’s Career, Marjabelle Young Stewart, Marian Faux.

Networlding: Building Relationships and Opportunities for Success, Melissa Giovagnoli, Jocelyn Carter-Miller.

Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World with Kindness, Linda Kaplan Thaler, Robin Koval. 

Secret Handshake: Mastering the Politics of the Business Inner Circle, Kathleen Kelley Reardon.

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