Category Archives: #HumanCapitalStrategies

Determining Our Self Worth . . .

Pete Earthlé, IdeasNConversations @IdeasN

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.

But often, words do hurt us. Any time that this is the case, it means that we have become confused about our identity, that we have forgotten our worth as a human being.”

Jonathan Manske shares his ‘Daily Dose’ that are insightful and inspiring – they are meant to “helping you to do better”.

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“You Can Actually Make A Choice” – Prof Danny Dorling

Pete Earthlé, IdeasNConversations @IdeasN

Professor Danny Dorling said it plain and simple. There is freedom of choice when not in fear and frightened. Having a choice is a realistic value in every human being. However, there are many who don’t have that choice because of inability to save resources that they need.

What this means to you?

  • Self assessing your abilities to gain independence that will give you the choice you wanted in life

  • Make priorities about what makes sense in spending your earning and save, save, save some or most of your income. Your future will depend on that success and choice. Having adequate savings will provide you that choice to enjoy living life independently

  • Refrain from being ‘subservient sucker’ to capitalism or being an ‘economic slave’ – be yourself, practical, use commons sense, exercise independent thinking that will give you that ‘real choice’

Justin Trudeau Received the Degree “Doctor honoris causa” Conferred by the University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Pete Earthlé, IdeasNConversations @IdeasN

Today, July 5, 2017, the Prime Minister of Canada, The Rt. Honorable Justin Trudeau got awarded an honorary degree of Doctor honoris causa.

This is a recognition of Justin Trudeau’s achievements as a public servant with strong commitments to equality and diversity, which was presented by University’s Principal and Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

He received an Honorary degree “Doctor honoris causa” in recognition of his commitment to equality and diversity;

Mr. Trudeau addressed the 2017 Graduating Class of the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh and said;

“If something excites you a lot and scares you a little, you should probably do it.  Be bold, be brave, be open to the incredible opportunities in front of you, and to be the best versions of yourselves.”

“Class of 2017, we need you, the world needs you, so be the best version of yourselves and go make us all proud. Congratulations.” (source credit: theUniversityofEdinburg)

More power and successes to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada.

“We Need You” “The World Needs You” – Senator Kamala Harris

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

Senator Kamala Harris is a new US Senator of California who possesses the quality of leadership and competency that is essential in the US Congress. We need more of her type of DNA, #RealLeader that will influence the current and future Congress of America. She is currently demonstrating exceptional senatorial competency that is prominent and intelligent; especially when questioning during the senate hearing of  ‘Trump Russia Scandal’. She is a Rising Star in the US Senate and is someone to be watched of her transformation for any future political office.

Recently she gave an inspiring commencement address to the 2017 graduating class at Howard University.

“And I know sometimes we’re afraid of falling short. It’s not that we don’t know what we should do. It’s that the bar can sometimes feel too high. It takes so much time and effort to reach it, so much sweat and so many tears. And being human, we sometimes fall short. And that’s OK.”

Please click on the link to read the full text of her Commencement Address.

#RealPresident Is The Source of Vision, Encouragement and Opportunities

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

Please click on the link for additional information about “People, Society and Frameworks” that will create better influences to greater benefit of everyone.

“We Need #RealLeaders With Impact” … this ‘younger’ generation begins moving toward leadership …”

By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS, ▪Competency ▪ Experience ▪ Results

President Obama gave an insightful encouragement to the youths while hosting a forum at the University of Chicago on April 25, 2017.

This event was his first public appearance since he completed his second term as a President of the United States of America. He is indeed very optimistic in helping the younger generations to become socially engaged and participate in becoming great leaders of tomorrow.

America needs new sets of #RealLeaders who can create a society that will demonstrate care, growth and equality.

We Need More Young Leaders Who Will Affect the Mindset and Status Quo of the US Congress:

The following individuals are examples of #young #realleaders that we will be needing. They will provide a new breath that will complement the experiences and mindsets of those men and women in Congress who demonstrate compassion toward citizens. Young #realleaders will be able to influence the new perspectives in the US Congress and the quality of national strategies that will support the citizens.

  1.  Jon Ossoff for Congress, 30 (6th District of Georgia)
  2. Ammar Campa-Najjar for Congress, 28 (50th District of California)

Successful Individuals Are Distinguished with the Depth of their Competency

By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS, ▪Competency ▪ Experience ▪ Results

Juntee Terrenal Will Discuss “Overcoming the Employment Syndrome in the 21st Century?”

Pete Earthlé, IdeasNConversations @IdeasN

“Mr. Juntee Terrenal, GMS will be conducting a Workshop that will overcome the “How can I get Hired Syndrome” with the Senior and Graduating Students of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

 

Relative links:

Getting Hired and Not Being Hired “the syndrome”

Competitiveness Drives the 21st Century Opportunities

Real Leadership and Global Competency Morph an Individual to become Ethically Responsible

RealLeaders Determine the Relevance and Impact of Long Term Success

Exploiting Millennials’ Employment-Ability in the 21st Century

Real Leadership and Global Competency Morph an Individual to become Ethically Responsible

Pete Earthlé, IdeasNConversations @IdeasN

Are you discharging leadership qualities; developing your personal leadership competency; or pretending to be a leader?

Why don’t you validate your leadership qualities whether relevant to today’s environment or you have been using a practice that is obsolete and inhumane. It will be a great idea to re-assess oneself based on qualities of #Real Leaders as shown below;

 

Getting Hired and Not Being Hired – “the syndrome”

By Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

Hiring people is always been a puzzling activity within any size of organization across industries; where making an investment to the new hire as an asset; particularly when you look at its bigger landscape and not focusing on minor elements of screening, interviewing or on-boarding documentation. There are many facets of employment process that require more foresight, business analysis, legal implications and strategic approaches to achieve best success in hiring a competent member of the work force.

On the other side of the hiring organization, are the perspectives of candidates. There are expectations that each candidate wanted to pursue. There are numerous blunders that they will encounter during the application process. In today’s employment landscape, the challenge of any job seeker is ‘how can I get hired syndrome’.

Every candidate believes that all studying, preparation and readiness to work are within oneself. But the syndrome is keep floating around and most are chasing those employment opportunities here and beyond.

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The Officers of International Business Club at Western Washington University has recently requested Mr. Juntee Terrenal’s expertise to share them professional insights and strategies that will overcome the ‘how can I get hired syndrome’ to prepare them for their employment adventures after graduation.

Senior and graduating students who will participate in the workshop will experience hands-on competency acquisition, critical thinking reasoning in creating an active strategy that will achieve employ-ability, and independent decision making to select which employer will benefit them for a long term career regardless of international location.

Candidates must develop their own personal case in order to get hired. Looking through beyond oneself and create that synergy of acumen and competency is all that it takes.

Definitely, the senior students who will attend the session of Mr. Terrenal will gain from his insights.

Thank you.

Question 2: What triggers an immigration audit among expats?

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

There are instances when employers that sponsored individuals with an employment visa received an audit letter of their immigration files.

Please note that the following question was authorized by ReloNavigator to be re-published here.

Q2 - Triggers Audit Letter & Implications

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Strategic Character of HR Professional: A Must Have During this Century

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

Today, May 14, 2014 – ReloNavigator is sponsoring the professional development of the Whatcom County’s human resources professionals who are members or affiliates of Mt. Baker SHRM, the Bellingham Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management that is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Credits: Mt. Baker SHRM, ReloNavigator, JNT Consulting

Next month, June 4, 2014, ReloNavigator will be hosting an international strategic seminar for business owners, employers, entrepreneurs and those who are managing people, this will be very useful for your planning, and execution of your mid year 2014 strategies.

You can register by telephone or online. It’s not too late to participate in an interactive, engaging conversations with professionals who care for your success. They offer you alternative resources that you can use in order to achieve results for your investments.

The topics will be helpful in determining a strategic choices to become successful in doing business across the borders of Vancouver, Canada and Washington, USA and other borders internationally.

For questions about the services of ReloNavigator, please call 1(360) 312-4300

Relevance of a Good Client; What Makes Sense! Results to Strategic Success – Discussed at Connections

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

The Connections Group of business owners and their representatives; based in Bellingham, WA met on May 1, 2014 for their regular weekly meeting.  Juntee Terrenal, the Founder & Principal of ReloNavigator offered his insights about the “Relevance of a Good Client – What makes sense!, Results to Strategic Success”

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As an industry experienced professional, Juntee shared his perspectives that a good client must have the ability to equate the cost and value of expected output with quality and efficiency. Additionally, a great client is someone that will appreciate your value as a business partner resource to their organization. It is a fact, that when clients like effective, strategically positioned results with R.O.I. (Return On Investments), there is a value that leverages certain level of results.

At ReloNavigator, our clients understand the value of our services because at the very outset of relationship, they understand the scope, strategies that will take place and support that they will get from us.  Whether the client’s business will move from Africa to Japan, Australia to Chile, or Germany to United States or within North America between Canada and United States.  We provide the best techniques that will make them happy from Offer Letters, pre-during-post transition up to cultural adaptability and support at their destination.

“We are not only an international relocations company, however we are a Strategic Advisers and Management Services Firm; solving the many complex hurdles of international businesses; structuring, immigration, relocation, culture adaptability, and destination settling-in support;” said Juntee Terrenal

Dr. Swiecicki, who owns Lynden Vision Clinic & Spyglass Optik in Bellingham; inquired about an example of most expensive relocation; “When an executive will be moving, the hiring manager and human resources professionals must understand the most critical pieces of their new hire and not only extending an offer letter and be accepted by both parties.  Learning what will be precious and relevant to new hire’s move including pets like horse are essential. These types of unknown parts of family lifestyles will dramatically increase the budget due to unforseen delays and unknown requirements and compliance between countries and international regulations of transporting an animal.”

Curt, who owns Bayside USA asked the relevance of the service to fortune 500 companies as they have relocation departments, “yes, it is relevant; our experiences in various sizes of organizations from start up to 30,000 employees showed that while there are existing relocation departments and coordinators in house, they don’t have enough bandwidth and experiences in managing international hires of expatriates between two or more countries. ReloNavigator has the competency and experiences.  Oftentimes, there is a misguided knowledge that anyone who is an accountant that performs business tax of internationally-based companies can also do the unique ‘expatriate taxation requirements between origin country and host country’.  ReloNavigator’s experiences showed that multi-countries experienced expatriate tax services firms can do the job required.  This include immigration attorneys, they too have their own country focus of experiences.  As a company we have been managing  strategically all of these facets of international movements of organizations and their employees.

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For questions about the international services of ReloNavigator, or inquiries about how ReloNavigator can assist you please call 1 (360) 31-4300.  We will be happy to listen and give you our guidance.

Strategic And High Performing Organization Needed in the 21st Century

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

In the 21st Century, globally operating organizations require HR Professionals to possess and demonstrate strategic mindset and business acumen in order to support the demands of their organizations that are operating across cultures.

The Human Resources professionals in the Whatcom County, Mt. Baker SHRM Chapter will be learning from Dan Purdy’s session on May 14, 2014.

Juntee Terrenal, MA, GMS is a Member of the Advisory Board of International Business of Western Washington University will present to the HR Professionals of Whatcom County some insightful resources that will help them navigate their roles to become strategic and results oriented.

“Effective Leaders of organizations who are strategic need professionals that demonstrate strategic leaderships, effective communicator, adaptable to global workforce, develop great leaders who are cross culturally sensitive, manage highly skilled talents who are diverse in order to become the High Performance Organization;” said Terrenal.

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Mr. Terrenal stressed, “that management of today’s global organization likes to see the R.O.I. of their investments in leadership development. Today, organizations operate differently including the composition of the people that combines Baby Boomer, Gen Y and the Millennials, immediate R.O.Is are earnestly on top of the discussions. They like their organization as one of the “high performing organization” in the market. In addition, they like to see capabilities of the whole Human Capital Organization to discuss competently about global business and R.O.I. results of their activities.”

Today, 40% of HR Directors are sitting at the boardroom table but up to 50% admitted to not knowing strategically the contribution their role makes to other functions and executives across the business units. – Source: HR Review, Strategies and Practice

We all agree that a continuing endeavor to coach individuals is necessary until such time that each demonstrates outstanding competencies. Integrative measurements and performance results must be the active basis of rewards not familiarity and tenure. Accountability is equally important to sustain quality of leadership.

“In today’s business environment leadership development needs to be grounded in real work and focused on the critical competencies required for success” – Source: HR Review, Home Page Leader and Training

Can your Human Capital Organization demonstrate global readiness in responding to those expectations this year and beyond?

Loving One Another is a Message During this 2014 Lenten Season

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

Many Christians around the world, pause from heavy workloads during the Lenten Season which began from Ash Wednesday and ends with celebrations on Easter Sunday!

During the Lent, Christians observe a period of fasting, moderation and spiritual discipline; being reflective on Jesus Christ’s passion of the cross through resurrection.

Photo Credit by EPA/Angelo Carconi

Photo Credit by EPA/Angelo Carconi

 “Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.” said Pope Francis

The pope’s message to the crowd on Palm Sunday in the Vatican;

“called on people, including himself, to examine their own lives to see how they’re living and ask themselves “Where is my heart?”

“Has my life fallen asleep?” Francis asked in reference to Jesus’s disciples who fell asleep right before Judas betrayed him. “Am I like Pontius Pilate, who, when he sees the situation is difficult, washes my hands?”

The spectator’s view of “Semana Santa” in Granada, Spain! (courtesy of http://bohemianonabudget.wordpress.com/)

Lenten Message to Everyone Across the Globe:

“SHARE REAL LOVE and AFFECTION to your neighbors is the essence of the message to humanity. Begin from our own heart, and radiate that love to others among us; that will replicate across the world with Peace.”

A Field Trip: Visiting the Northwest Washington – Seeing the Tulip Festival is an Experience with the Beauty of Nature

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

Every mid-Spring time in the Pacific Northwest, the Skagit Valley is adorned with the beautiful Tulips in various colors that one can enjoy. It is an experience that immerse you within the nature of colorful flowers.

ReloNavigator encourages anyone who has not seen it and who can appreciate the beauty of nature; highly recommended to our new friends, clients and colleagues who are visiting the Pacific Northwest during the month of April.

Make time to experience the force of nature and its exulting colors at  “Skagit Tulip Festival in 2014”  Check the The Calendar of Events to enjoy a specific theme and extravaganza.

Reminder: Please dress up appropriately for a field trip scenery with comfortable walking shoes; anticipate environmental conditions such as mud, wet, slick fields, and unexpected rain. Ideally plan ahead to which location you are going to visit, please check the link to the downloadable festival map so that you can plan accordingly, Skagit Festival Map.

Tulip Festival 2014

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival celebrates this annual burst of spring color. Mother Nature decides exactly when the display of color begins, with special events scheduled throughout the month of April.

These events include:

  • Tulip Festival Street Fair in Downtown Mount Vernon- April 25-27, 2014
  • Kiwanas Club Salmon BBQ – April 5-27, 2014
  • Art shows at several different venues
  • Tastings at local wineries and breweries
  • Anacortes Quilt Walk – throughout April
  • Tulip Run – April 5, 2014
  • Tulip Pedal – April 19, 2014

By the way, we like to see you photos. Share with us and may be selected as a Feature of the Month and your name will be acknowledged. Looking forward to see your unique photos of the places you have been.  Have fun!

 We enjoyed our field trip to the Tulip Festival last Saturday, April 12, 2014~ Few Photos we are sharing!

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IRS Tips When Working from Your Home Office

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Working from home may have advantages during tax season! The US IRS (Internal Revenue Service) has provided some guidance in regards to claiming home office deductions.

Starting this year, there is a simpler option to figure the deduction for business use of your home. The new option will save you time because it simplifies how you figure and claim the deduction. It will also make it easier for you to keep records. It does not change the rules for who may claim the deduction.

Here are six facts from the IRS about the home office deduction.

1. Generally, in order to claim a deduction for a home office, you must use a part of your home exclusively and regularly for business purposes. Also, the part of your home used for business must be:

• your principal place of business, or

• a place where you meet clients or customers in the normal course of business, or

• a separate structure not attached to your home. Examples might include a studio, garage or barn.

2. If you use the actual expense method, the home office deduction includes certain costs that you paid for your home. For example, if you rent your home, part of the rent you paid could qualify. If you own your home, part of the mortgage interest, taxes and utilities you paid could qualify. The amount you can deduct usually depends on the percentage of your home used for business.

3. Beginning with 2013 tax returns, you may be able to use the simplified option to claim the home office deduction instead of claiming actual expenses. Under this method, you multiply the allowable square footage of your office by a prescribed rate of $5. The maximum footage allowed is 300 square feet. The deduction limit using this method is $1,500 per year.

4. If your gross income from the business use of your home is less than your expenses, the deduction for some expenses may be limited.

5. If you are self-employed and choose the actual expense method, use Form 8829, Expenses for Business Use of Your Home, to figure the amount you can deduct. You claim your deduction on Schedule C, Profit or Loss From Business, if you use either the simplified or actual expense method. See the Schedule C instructions for how to report your deduction.

6. If you are an employee, you must meet additional rules to claim the deduction. For example, in addition to the above tests, your business use must also be for your employer’s convenience.

For  additional information,  please see Publication 587, Business Use of Your Home; at www.IRS.gov

Reference: IRS Tax Tip 2014-36

‘Three Amigos’ summit expected to focus on trade, Mexico visa dispute, Keystone XL

Indeed, it’s been quite sometime since the three North American Leaders have met to discuss the economic and migration benefits of NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement). Yes, the NAFTA will need updating to reflect current trends, migration influx and economic values in crossing the borders of each country. Immigration restriction must not be a reason to hurdle a shared economic growth. Objectively looking at the horizon, today’s opportunities will sustain the North American Leadership strength if “tres amigos” will work together in creating the trio-venue that will propel economic advantages among their citizens instead of being restrictive of their movements through immigration. People dutifully pay their taxes when they are given the opportunity of growing themselves economically, regardless of the North American region they will work for.  All countries will benefit from citizen’s growth as well.

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Employers and workforce benefit on the cross border migration and employ-ability.  Canadians and Mexican citizens can work in the United States legally when a sponsoring employer will execute a TN Visa Petition for the employee recipient, and when the employee has family member(s, a TD visa will be applied for the family member(s) to enter the United States.

“Beyond that, observers expect few, if any, major breakthroughs at the summit, such as a reboot of the North American Free Trade Agreement to have its 20-year-old provisions updated so the continent can act as a single trading bloc, similar to the European Union. Rather, the meeting will likely produce small agreements on the economy, environment and security — nothing controversial, but enough for each leader to promote back home.”

Relative Article: Opportunities Across Borders 

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OTTAWA — When Prime Minister Stephen Harper lands in Mexico next week, he will likely smile broadly and appear chummy as he meets with his North American counterparts: U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

But relations between Canada and two of its key trading partners are more complicated than the handshake photographs will show. There is the ongoing saga of the Keystone XL pipeline project that has frustrated Harper, and an ongoing visa dispute with Mexico that has angered the Mexican government.

Those issues, alongside trade negotiations with other countries, will all be raised at the so-called Three Amigos summit that officially takes place Wednesday in Toluca, Mexico,  Pena Nieto’s hometown. Before the summit, Harper will spend two days in Mexico City on an official visit, meeting with members of Pena Nieto’s cabinet.

Going into the trip, there was general expectation that Harper would take the…

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Global Competency and Its Impact to the Gen Y and Millenials for International Career

By: Juntee Terrenal, GMS, Strategic International Business Leader, Adviser & Coach

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Recently, Western Washington University conducted their annual case studies competition under the guidance of Professor Thomas Roehl and Professor Jongwook Kim. Dr. Kwon Chan-Ho, Chief of Secretary, President’s Office, SangMyung University and  Yoo Sang UK, Director General of Operations, Korean-American Culture & Society Development Association are the Advisers of the Exchanged Korean University Students. Salute to all the professors and advisers who helped in molding the critical thinkers among the participants.

The senior university students of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington and the exchanged university students from SangMyung University in Seoul, S. Korea participated in the competition. All of them were pursuing international studies. All participants were actively involved during the competition. Team One bagged the accolades as the Winning Team.

The following photos were taken during the competition, courtesy of Yoo Sang UK, Director General of Operations, and Juntee Terrenal, Competition Judge and ReloNavigator’s Founder and CEO.

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 During the Career Round Table after the competition, the Panel of Judges (Mr. Sandy McIntyre, Mr. Jim McCabe and Mr. Juntee Terrenal) answered all the questions from the students. One senior student asked; what is the future of an international career for us? The question was quite relevant to our current endeavors prior to this publication. Each of the Judges shared their perspectives.

The following will highlight the 2014 emphasis of numerous global organizations which reinforced the comments shared by Mr. Terrenal.

Numerous multinational organizations that are operating between two or more countries will incorporate in their 2014 Action Plans the development of global human capital competency. The findings of numerous researches identified the big deficiency, challenges and reasons why it is necessary to invest on these areas. Without competent people who will work internationally, the current challenges will remain and there will be a vacuum of competency.

2014 Emphasis: Investing in the Development of Global Human Capital Competency

Leadership:

  • Global Leadership is lacking in many countries. Current leaders of multinational organizations with all sizes (small medium and large) do not demonstrate effective global management acumen that are relatable by the Gen Y workforce. This generation has a different view in regards to management per se. Thereby a strategic approach that will  deliver better results from their performance and capabilities must be demonstrated by leaders from different generation.

Reality of Existing Talents:

  • Globalization is currently a ‘jargon’ among many organizations that are operating whether locally or internationally. There is a cry of  need to be ‘globally competent with socio-linguistic-economic proficiency’ and it is rising fast. This deficit is affecting majority of organizations of all sizes. Talents with global mindset, cross-culturally communicative skills, remote talents and team management, intercultural leadership, and multi-linguistic competency are needed.

Economics of Supply and Demand:

  • Many educational institutions globally cannot produce fast enough the necessary talents that global organizations need. Corporations need to re-engage in investing on continuing education, management development to those with high potentials in their citizenry. Important day-to-day soft skills needed in the work environment are; cross-cultural sensitivity, adept conversational and written communication skills, public speaking and leadership based on competency.

Risks, Maintenance and Compliance:

  • Globally operating organizations are at high risks because they don’t have the essential programs that support their multinational employees working abroad and locally. Higher regulatory competency, maintenance and risks management, and compliance pertaining to relevant taxes (where applicable), immigration and employment, mobility, relocation and commensurate compensation) are in high priorities.

Measurable Return on Investments:

  • This year, the focus on Return on Investment is measured among internationally deployed expatriates and assignees. Global performance management systems will be strategically positioned and aligned with the organization’s business objectives prior to expatriate assignment. Short term and extended travels become a norm of which the risks on international workforce, compensation coverage, and tax liabilities will increase dramatically.

Useful Strategies in overcoming the current gap of global competency:

  1. Create self-initiative to develop your skills and reinforce your learning in school or university.

  2. Participate in various workshops that are specifically focused on global competency development, or attend a seminar. There are many organizations that are experienced in this area, like IdeasNConversations.

  3. Augment your usual curriculum in school with other classes that are facilitated by outside and experienced executives, they provide meaningful hands-on experiences, best practices and techniques in solving organizational challenges.

  4. Gain cross-cultural, psysho-linguistic and economic proficiency.

  5. Seek the guidance of an experienced Coach and discuss your potentials, areas to develop for readiness in the global market.

  6. Learn, invest and practice; this is the only technique to create one’s personal and professional strategic competency in order to be successful in the globalized work environments.

Looking into the Future:

There will always be an international career for anyone who will be determined to search his/her place in a given industry, internationally. What makes that individual different will be the global acumen that demonstrates needed abilities to perform a global responsibility in the global environment.

In the years to come, the global human capital competency plus experiences would be the determinant in hiring people for global jobs,  rather than the usual institution’s name where education was obtained.

This article is being republished with permission from original source and author because its content is relevant to current time. It was originally published at then ReloNavigator Newsletter.

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Multiple Visa Entry for Canadian Visitors

Another program that CIC – Citizenship and Immigration Canada that improved is the issuance of Multiple Visa Entry for Canadian Visitors. This strategic move will attract economic growth by tourism to Canada. Small and big enterprises  including  Canada as a country will benefit on the results of loosening up visitor’s visa and offering multiple visas to those who qualify.

Today, the Office of CIC released an announcement that “Visitors to Canada will automatically be considered for a multiple-entry visa, starting on February 6, 2014. Multiple-entry visas allow qualified visitors to come and go from Canada for six months at a time for up to 10 years without having to reapply each time.”

 It is important to note that processing fees for TRV – Temporary Resident Visa has been reduced from $150 CAN to $100 CAN. This applies to either single entry or multiple entry.

The Announcement also noted that “Citizenship and Immigration Canada will increase other fees in the temporary resident program, effective February 6, 2014. These changes will reduce the burden on Canadian taxpayers and ensure that fees closely reflect the real cost of processing applications.”

These increases include (all figures in CAD $):

  • $25 for study permits and renewals;
  • $5 increase for work permits and renewals;
  • $25 increase for extensions to remain in Canada as a visitor;
  • $100 as the maximum fee for a family to apply for TRVs; and
  • $15 as the maximum work permit fee for a group of performing artists and their staff.

Quick facts

  • Every year more than 35 million people visit Canada.
  • In 2012, Canada issued a record number of visitor visas with almost one million visas approved, representing an increase of almost 40 percent since 2004.
  • The multiple-entry visa is particularly popular with visitors from China, India and Mexico who hold 10-year passports and have been eligible to apply for a 10-year visa.
  • Similarly, visitors from the Philippines and Brazil, who hold five-year passports, have been issued multiple-entry visas for up to five years.

What this means to you:

It is great to see that Canada is competitive with its peer countries, and many of these changes benefit the traveler or the visa recipient. In the same manner, that Canada is recognizing the economic competitiveness during recovery times (where applicable) yet uncertain to many economies.