International Experience Matters with Craig Lane

The World Affairs Council would like to introduce you to Craig Lane, Vice President of Risk Management, MunichRe America who is a newly elected Board of Director with the Council. 让BET9哪里下载进一步了解克雷格以及他对国际经验重要性的看法.

Why did you join the World Affairs Council’s board of directors?

我被世界事务理事会在社区内促进国际理解和参与的使命所吸引.  我通过帮助组织的发展和分享我的职业经验来回馈社会. 我还通过委员会认识了一群很棒的人,并了解了作为辛辛那提“新来者”的许多国际餐厅!

What kinds of expertise are you now sharing with the World Affairs Council?

On a programming basis, 我分享了我在国际商务方面的背景,这有助于内容设计. 我在公司董事会的经验适合加入理事会的两个工作委员会.  Being on the Capacity Building and Finance committees, 我帮助加强世界事务理事会实现其目标的进程.

How do you describe your international career?

我一直对国际话题感兴趣,但在乔治城大学(Georgetown University)的外交服务学院(School of Foreign Service)就读,真的为我渴望的职业点燃了火焰.  My first job was with a contractor for the U.S. 我在那里协助管理当时美国国际开发署最大的对外援助项目.  After getting my MBA, I fulfilled a career – actually life – objective for an overseas assignment, spending three years working in Poland which is where I met my wife.  作为几个国际金融组织的金融风险经理,我的职业使我能够接触到各种不同的文化.  Besides living in Poland, I spent a year living in Australia and had short term assignments across Europe, Japan, Canada, India, and New Zealand.

What advice would you have for someone getting into an international career?

判断国际职业是否有效的最好方法是利用大学或高中交换项目的海外学习机会.  这是一个很好的机会,以发现是否舒适的生活在海外的一段时间.  我曾经在国外学习和工作过,没有前者,我就不会有后者.  If you can’t go overseas, learn a foreign language.  Language training sensitizes you to the cultures of other countries.  Knowing another language also enhances one’s career opportunities.  And of course, attend any World Council event!

Where did you study abroad and how was your experience?

To graduate from Georgetown, I had to pass a foreign language proficiency exam.  在高中学习了多年的西班牙语之后,我在大学开始学法语,而且很糟糕!  Knowing I needed to pass the proficiency exam to get my degree, 大学的最后一个夏天,我沉浸在法国诺曼底地区的一个家庭中.  生活在这样一个家庭里,我必须把语言学好,才能在餐桌上交谈, navigate the small town, purchase groceries, and watch TV.  这是一次很棒的现实生活学习经验,我确实通过了我的能力考试.

There are of course going to be a few work challenges. 在与不同文化的工作中,你学到了什么?

我所见过的最大的挑战是,以快节奏为特征的美国商业模式与美国商业模式之间的差异, quick decisions and transactional engagement. 这可能会与其他注重社交的文化相冲突, consensus, and relation-building.  这可以被视为一种文化冲突,但这只是为了达到同一个目标而采取的不同方法. 

我已经看到不同的文化是如何处理冲突的——有些人会掩盖它,而有些人则会公开.  In Australia, 我看到一个初级员工告诉CEO,他的商业想法很疯狂,然后他们在午餐时去喝啤酒. 这是一种不同寻常的经历,因为我在美国工作过,那里对组织层级有一定的尊重.  

Working in another country can also be a humbling experience.  In Poland, 我试着向咨询客户表达复杂的商业概念,但我的语言水平只有3分rd grader.  I had to use simple words and had moments of frustration.

What did your day look like at the office in these countries?

I noticed in both Poland and Australia, which in some senses are very different forms of Westernized cultures, their business day begins with coffee hour and socialization.  In America, people grab a coffee on the way to their desk.  Lunch is more leisurely which creates a nice break in the day.

In countries as diverse as Poland, Australia, and Canada, the culture puts more balance on family time than what is common in the US.  In contrast, 我在日本工作时,同事们会和BET9哪里下载一起去拜访美国人,吃宵夜,喝宵夜,然后回到办公室,在办公桌前睡觉.  在印度,由于通勤时间长和天气因素,基本上是晚到晚走的环境.  Overall, 无论是美国还是海外,大城市的商业活动都非常相似:开会, conference calls, projects, etc.  

当你在国外工作和生活时,你会如何描述在大城市或小城市的生活?

My time abroad has been in large cities but with different experiences.  BET9哪里下载在澳大利亚墨尔本生活了一年,墨尔本被评为世界上最宜居的城市之一.  它有一种非常公共的感觉,邻居们在当地的“绿色”操场上见面, play sports, walk the dog, and meet up with friends.  这些社区围绕着一个定义明确的中央商务区,带有大城市的感觉.

In mid-90s Warsaw, 共产党几十年的中央集权计划的影响,让这座城市感觉庞大而沉闷.  相比之下,印度的城市又大又忙,充满了混乱的生活.  Tokyo is big, busy but very orderly.  Foreign cities have some aspects similar to US cities, yet there will be adjustments because the way of life is different.  It’s unusual not to get homesick after some time.  

既然你的妻子是波兰人,你在家庭度假时有没有什么传统?

在波兰,传统上平安夜是不吃肉的,所以BET9哪里下载在平安夜不吃肉.  我的家人还采用了一些生动的短语,比如那些字面上翻译为“局促的鸡”的短语!”.  Such phrases are a fun part of learning the language.

What do you want others to know about the World Affairs Council?

Whether one can volunteer a few hours a year, a few hours a week, or desires a position on the Board, there are volunteer opportunities for everybody.  作为理事会成员,我收获颇丰,能够支持世界事务理事会,我感到非常荣幸.  我把我的时间和金钱捐给该委员会,因为它通过将世界带到BET9哪里下载的社区和扩大BET9哪里下载地区在世界上的存在而对社区产生影响.  这只有通过不可思议的志愿者贡献的无数小时才能奏效!

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