REVIEW: Nicole M. Sahin — Global Talent Unleashed (BOOK)
Nicole M. Sahin’s new book is titled Global Talent Unleashed: An Executive’s Guide to Conquering the World. As the title would suggest, the book is a detailed, statistically-backed, example-laden meditation on how to navigate an increasingly remote (pun intended) corporate landscape. This includes reaching out as an employer to people all over the world, whether or not that means basing your enterprise or an extension of said enterprise in a foreign country, to being willing to hire and accommodate foreign-born workers for the employee base.
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“The catalyst for this growth and expansion has been improvements in communications technology, which had a ripple effect on where, when, and how work was done. Those advancements made true remote work a reality. Employees can now be situated anywhere in the world — as long as they have connectivity,” Sahin writes. “…Where business opportunities exist, people will migrate, including workers in search of opportunity and adventure. Increasing numbers of younger employees are opting to connect to work from unconventional locales, like the beach or the mountains.
Although younger generations of workers have expressed a preference for working outside of the office, whether at home or in a public place — ‘they are mostly interested in work flexibility,’ as author Dan Schawbel puts it — it wasn’t until videoconferencing products like Zoom, WebEx, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams allowed workers to remain truly connected from anywhere that the opportunity to earn a living from anywhere really took off…Leveraging technology to connect with potential workers and provide income-earning opportunities is a major benefit of the global expansion push, on top of access to top talent, often at lower costs than were previously available. That push beyond U.S. borders is now easier, faster, and less costly for companies that aspire to tap into global markets. It is breaking down barriers and, ultimately, benefits us all.”
Sahin is able to relay the facts, but in a manner that isn’t devoid of genuine, storytelling abilities. This makes the whole affair feel less like a nonfiction read, and more like something regardless of genre and associated subcategories that is inspirational. The book is a reminder of how much one has to work with in the contemporary, postmodern world. “Depending on the particular country, labor costs may be lower, the same, or higher than typical U.S. compensation and benefits packages. Some of that difference is due to location, with major cities generally paying higher salaries to be in line with higher costs of living there,” Sahin writes.
“The British pound is fairly expensive, but labor costs are generally lower outside London; and in France, the typical cost of social security contributions for employers on top of labor amount to approximately 45–49 percent of an employee’s gross salary. In Romania, costs to hire people are generally significantly less. However, this is changing quickly with the digitization of the global workforce.” The opportunities are numerous and wide-ranging, and having someone assured in their potential like Sahin is a welcome relief from the typical representatives of emerging and burgeoning phenomenon’s.