Decathlon Group: Global Management Skills

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Decathlon Group Executive Summary The Decathlon Group is a French retailer of sporting goods that has enjoyed success and expanded into other countries. It provides goods for actual sporting activities, along with clothing and accessories. There are items for both men and women of any age, and the accessories include everything from sunglasses to nutritional supplements. Because Decathlon Group covers design, manufacturing, and sale, the company has many workers and many different facilities. The current expansion will be into Mexico, where a new facility will be constructed. Overseeing that facility and taking over as managing director once the facility is complete will be a major endeavor that will have to be addressed correctly and thoroughly in order to be successful. Global Management Skills Managing others is a skill not everyone possesses, but it is something that everyone can learn (Bass & Avolio, 1994; Sommers & Barnes, 2001). However, management of people cannot be learned overnight, and that is especially true when it comes to an overseas assignment where everything is different and the culture and language can quickly become barriers to understand and proper management of employees. My principal strength as a manager when it comes to an overseas assignment is my interest in other cultures. Instead of being upset that someone is doing something different from me, I am interested to find out why people do things differently and what they focus on when they

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