1st Edition

Borderless Leadership
Global Skills for Personal and Business Success

ISBN 9781138591493
Published May 14, 2018 by Auerbach Publications
256 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

USD $74.95

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Book Description

"Borderless Leadership is a must read for anyone involved in international business. It enables beginners to avoid common pitfalls, and seasoned executives will recognize many of their own mistakes and benefit from the frameworks Dr. Kraljevic provides." — Professor Sibrandes Poppema, President, University of Groningen, Netherlands

"I just cannot stop recommending this book to ever so many people—my academic colleagues, industry colleagues, friends in the government, former students, students, young CEOs of start-ups that I mentor, and my media friends. The book is very special, deep with several gems of ideas, told in absorbing narrative; neither a text book nor a cook book but a candid, sincere, and extremely effective set of real world lessons for so many global citizens. Dr. Kraljevic uses personal examples from across continents, in diverse industry settings. All I can say is this: Go, grab the book on a Thursday night, and you will have a wonderful weekend reading this amazing book." — Professor S. Sadagopan, Director, International Institute of Information Technology of Bangalore, India

"Everything I know about international markets, I owe it to Zlática." — Sue Payne, Former ExxonMobil Area Manager U.S. & Mexico

"As the global village rapidly expands, understanding borderless leadership becomes a prerequisite for international success in this 21st century. Kraljevic brings her vast and unique worldly experiences to open your mind with practical treasures, thoughtful how-to models, and conceptual insights. Find out about the human fractal on your journey to becoming a borderless leader." — Lane Sloan, Former President, Shell Chemical Company, USA 

Studies consistently show that international partnerships between organizations fail to generate expected results at a significant cost. The leading cause behind this failure is lack of trust among people at all levels within organizations. Borderless Leadership explores the disparity that exists between the ways that the West and other cultures conduct business. The book’s premise is that if one cannot control the events or circumstances, one must learn how to control reactions to new environments. Using real-life examples, the book illustrates how to build trust and rapport with business partners across borders and establish relationships that help businesses grow.

The book is about achieving success with and through total strangers as you progress from awareness to understanding and from understanding to acquiring, internalizing, and applying new knowledge so you bring your approach to life up to date. Only then can you transform obstacles into unsuspected opportunities that will have a positive impact on your personal and business success.

Table of Contents


1. Lost but Not Alone

Sophia Loren and the Company That Missed the Point
The High Cost of Naïveté
Like Ships that Pass in the Night
Growing Pains

2. The West Is Hyperventilating—Bring Out the Brown Bag!
A World of Trouble
The Need for a New Market
Making Sense of the New World
Telling the Good from the Bad
Five Steps to Overcoming Misconceptions
Welcome to Your Global Backyard
Geography Died on January 1, 2000
A Rude Awakening—The Perils of Overconfidence
Dark Clouds Loom


3. They Did What?

Fresh Capital and Discretionary Money
Amazing Demographics
Inspiration, Innovation, and Consumerism

4. Up, Down, and Sideways
The Evolving Role of Government
South–South Trade
Trust—Our Achilles Heel
21st Century Smarts
Is Emotional Intelligence Teachable?


5. In Search of the Human Fractal

Close but No Cigar
The Elephant in the Room
Fractals Defined
Learning from the Trees
It’s About How You Measure It
Fractals in Human Nature
Practical Applications
From the Passing of Time to the Essence of Things
Coming to Our Senses—Literally

6. First Impressions—Skewed and Backwards
Appearances Are Deceptive, Character Is Not
Don’t Let Larger Patterns Fool You
Conventional Behaviors to Watch Out For
Hybrid Behavior


7. Simplicity—A New Way of Life

The Meaning of Simplicity
As Simple as ABC
The ABC of Business Smarts
Born to Succeed
Success Redefined
Balancing Personal Needs with Business Demands
Think Ahead
What Companies Expect of You

8. Expect the Unexpected—A New Kind of Leadership
Those Nasty Missing Links
Do More with Less
What Smart Companies Do
Ten Common Mistakes When Entering Emerging Markets
Case Studies in Simplicity
Ten Tenets for Business Success
Smart Strategies
Commoditizing International Business
A New Kind of Global Leadership
Risk Management—A Mirage
Free Fall—From Boardroom to Ground Floor
Ten Checklists for Planning and Execution


9. Real-Life Anecdotes from a Business Globetrotter
A Whimsical Glimpse into Chinese Nature
The Monkey at My Car Window
A Woman’s Success in Male-Dominated Societies
Mindset Alert—Managing Kidnapping Threats
Grandma and the Stock Market
Sociopolitical Unrest—Awareness Keeps Panic in Check
That Elusive Fourth Dimension
Welcome to the Guerrilla Path
When Face Saving Gets Sticky
Overcoming Inhibitions
Connecting the Dots

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Dr. Zlática Kraljevic is widely recognized as a leading expert in emerging markets as well as a successful business strategist, tactician, educator, and public speaker. Specializing in risk management related to global operations and strategic expansion, she has worked for over 25 years with senior leaders in Fortune 500 companies and high-ranking officials in foreign governments and academia while covering over 30 countries across six continents.

As an international executive, public speaker, writer, and associate professor, Zlática has inspired thousands of individuals around the world. She has the distinction of being the first female dean at a private university in Saudi Arabia, and the first woman to earn a doctorate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona. She is a fellow at the George Mason University School of Law.

An active member of the international community, Zlática received the "2006 World Oil Best Outreach Program Award" for co-creating a volunteer organization of 27 energy companies, professional associations, and educators bringing energy education to K-12 students in the Greater Houston area. She serves on several boards of directors of nonprofit organizations, including the Library of Congress Asian Division Friends Society. She is a founding member of the Financial Risk Institute and a past director of the Global Energy Management Institute.

For more information about Zlática Kraljevic, visit her web sites at www.andersfrontiergroup.com and www.zkraljevic.com. Write to Zlática at [email protected]

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