A global professional is one of the 300 million high-skill knowledge workers operating in today’s more competitive, dynamic world economy. In North America alone, knowledge workers are estimated to outnumber all other workers by a 4 to 1 margin. In a 2003 study, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that knowledge workers, “managerial, professional and technical workers” comprised 34% of the U.S. labor market. In the case of many large corporations, more than 60% of employees reside outside of the U.S., and new growth is coming from emerging markets. In this global marketplace, the global professional needs to be:
- highly skilled at interacting and working with others;
- more fluidly and diversely networked;
- always refining his or her skills and gaining new ones;
- a self-starter and strong collaborator;
- culturally savvy;
- personally adaptable and able to engage in the new kind of “give and take” that is driving innovation in business and society.