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you dig deeper, there are common threads among us all.” In applying social capital to collaborate with diverse teammates, Breyen makes the most of his global connections. “By developing and leveraging these skill sets among a growing number of employees and global partners, Medtronic can further its mission of developing innovative therapies to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life “Knowing, understanding, and valuing another person’s perspective is a foundational aspect of trust.” —MARK BREYEN, ’12 MBA for millions of people all over the world,” he says. GLOBAL MATTERS ILLUMINATES INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Javidan shared his expertise with hundreds of Minnesota professionals in November at the inaugural Global Matters speaker series, hosted by the Carlson Global Institute (CGI). The series, designed to enrich Minnesota professionals’ global business acumen, features speakers at the forefront of global business who share their expertise in emerging issues in international business and management. Visit CGI’s website for details on the next Global Matters event: carlsonschool.umn.edu/cgi/global-matters. Shimanski leverages her skills along each of the dimensions of the global mindset to identify opportunities specific to the needs of each country or community where 3M does business. And for a corporation that credits roughly two-thirds of its revenue to international business, the skillset is essential. “Having a global mindset helps us to tailor our business practices to various needs and be more powerful overall,” she says. FINDING COMMONALITIES TO BUILD TRUST Mark Breyen, ’12 MBA, is senior director of Core Technologies at Medtronic, Inc., the largest medical technology company in the world. He collaborates with research and development partners in China, Japan, and across Europe. According to Breyen, global partnerships revolve around each party’s ability to establish common ground to build trust. “Knowing, understanding, and valuing another person’s perspective is a foundational aspect of trust,” he says. “How you build that trust can vary from culture to culture, but if BY BRIDGET AYMAR Visit carlsonschoolmagazine.com for video. HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR GLOBAL MINDSET Mansour Javidan says the best way to cultivate a global mindset is to travel the world. But for those who receive few opportunities to explore the globe, Javidan shares the following tips for strengthening a global mindset: Follow international news: Stay abreast of political, economic, and social issues taking place in many parts of the world. Tour other countries from afar: Explore the world through things you are already passionate about. Dine in local ethnic restaurants or attend a sporting or music event that is popular in a culture that interests you. Diversify your circle of contacts: Whether you get a coffee with a colleague from down the hall, or connect on LinkedIn with a professional abroad, grow your network of multicultural contacts. Thanks to social media, it’s never been easier to forge ties with people from diverse backgrounds. Assess your own perspectives: Understand your own cultural perspective and how it compares to other cultures by taking a cross-cultural assessment. Develop specific cultural knowledge of a region: Study a language and watch or read popular media in other cultures to see how people think and interact with one another. SPRING 14 CAR2L0SON SCHOOL OFG EMEMNATN A 27


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