Bosses of all nationalities are only human… With their individual negatives and positives

You cannot say that a line manager of one nationality is better or worse than that of the other – in the end of the day they are all human with their individual positives and negatives.


Meet Ivanna, an HR Manager with almost 20 years of experience working for a large multi-national company. She joined them in Russia where she built an excellent career progressing from a Management Trainee to a number of top HR roles, she worked at a Regional level being based in Moscow, worked on a major HR project for Europe as a member of a virtual team flying to London for team meetings, and then took a risky decision to go on an assignment as Head of HR for Egypt and Northern Africa. Continue reading

Never assume that the world rotates around you. There are many people out there in the new country who assume the opposite.

Meet Yana, an HR professional with a very rich history of well-known companies she worked for, and interesting geographies her adventurous attitude to life and work has taken her to.

She started in a Japanese company in Moscow, Russia, and then moved on to a big multinational. At some point, led by her husband’s enthusiasm for new places and the nature of her work (international mobility) she thought to try the mobility first hand herself. She was successfully recruited by a well known international industrial company in Luxemburg, and this is where her adventures began. She later moved yet for another job, in a well-known insurance company in Zurich, and recently the whole family moved to Canada to settle, where Yana immediately found a contract with another international insurance group. Her daughter started school in German (rather Swiss German) in Zurich, and now is swiftly switching into English and is already picking up French. We talk with Yana whether her adaptations to the new countries and jobs were as swift. Continue reading

Remain True to Yourself and Learn to Respect the Host Country Culture

Meet Maria (we agreed to change the name to preserve anonymity), an HR professional with close to 20 years of experience which started in one of the Big 4 consulting companies in Russia by giving her great exposure to a highly processed and organised international business and took her on projects to Russia, Ukraine and USA. Maria then went on to work for a small HR Consulting Boutique, where she was responsible for setting up all the processes herself and developing new business in parallel, she then joined a well known FMCG and worked for them for eight years before the job took her to Switzerland first and then to the UK. We met up with Maria in London to talk about her background, experience, and approaches to embracing change. Continue reading