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  • Deepthi Koshy

The Global Citizen Entrepreneur: An entrepreneur with a global mindset

global citizen is in my opinion, is one who is aware that we live in an interconnected web of a wider world, where many of our actions and choices affect those locally, nationally, and internationally and hence make decisions or takes actions in accord.

The business world is changing! The world is coming to realize that we live in an interconnected world with a growing focus on global-mindedness. More and more entrepreneurs are finding that internationalization is central to quality operations and the emphasis on this is no more becoming ' a choice ' but ' a way of life '. Success is starting to become parallel to the exchange of thoughts, ideas, ethics from different communities towards positive growth. Diversity and Inclusion!

The practice of global citizenship is, for many, exercised primarily at home, through engagement in global issues or with different cultures in a local setting. For others, global citizenship means firsthand experience with different countries, peoples, and cultures. For most, there exists a connection between the global and the local. Whatever an individual's particular "take" on global citizenship maybe, that person makes a choice in whether or how to practice it. I am starting to notice that business owners are starting to see the value of this and inculcating practices right from the home.

Business owners are finding the need the incorporate the global mindset within workgroups. Owners who are global citizens feel a connection to their communities (however way they intend to define them) and translate that sense of connection into participation and being proactive to induce change where necessary. Participation can take the form of making responsible personal choices such as voting, volunteering, advocacy, and political activism. The issues may include the environment, poverty, trade, health, and human rights. Whichever the case, they are starting to have insight into the necessity to incorporate this concept and make a change. Entrepreneurs have come to realize that the organization does not therefore depend on one particular person’s ability to think globally. Instead, it relies on the network or interconnected global mindsets of many cultural managers across countries and levels to take advantage of all the global opportunities. The real importance of an organization’s global mindset is not about being able to do all things, but rather to understand the complexities and nuances of the global environment as well as the trade-offs and opportunities when they are available. For me being an advocate of ' global citizenship,' "the number one aspect of international strategic management is having the ability or skill to balance competing business, country, and functional interests. How multinational companies and their managers perceive and interpret the global social and economic environment around them has a major impact on the strategies that they implement and pursue and the success of these strategies. How successful a company is at exploiting emerging opportunities and tackling their accompanying challenges depends crucially on how intelligently it observes and interprets the dynamic world in which it operates. " So dear business owners, that leads us to the question and some food for thought, "What does Global Citizenship mean to you and to your company and what are the benefits you think it could bring to your organization?"

Below are the thoughts and ideologies of two pioneers in the Business World. As much as we are different we have more things in common. We have shared values and ambitions. It is pluralism that can help us solve challenges like poverty, climate change, food security, and quality of life. It is imperative that we see growth from a macro level. @Cyndicate Cyndicate was a concept but expansion was important for growth. Yes there were hurdles in a new market. However, through patience, acceptance, empathy and understanding of new cultures and ethics, there were no challenges we couldn't overcome " says Ali Salman -Founder and Owner of Cyndicate and Co-Founder and CMO of Rapid Boost Marketing

This is what Wes Kowalchuk from BUSINESS - IMPACT Coaching Inc has to say " To me, I believe it really means as leaders of our community (or area of influence) we have the responsibility to help eliminate barriers to abundance. There are of course the necessities: food, shelter and water, which we all need but it goes beyond this… about focusing on developing all our personal strengths and gifts to share our talents with the world, in a way that raises the tide for all the boats. To paraphrase a great man, to be a global citizen, you need to be the change you want to see in your/our world.

So folks pool in your thoughts because of the end of the day is not all about us! It's the bigger picture. Your life is a message to the world. Make sure it's inspiring.
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