You have arrived in Singapore and you are ready to bring your knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm to your new role. You know that this is going to be an experience rich in opportunities and also a chance to demonstrate your ability in leadership, to express yourself and evolve.
However, you are probably a middleman (woman) to some extent and you will need to demonstrate that you belong here if you want to stay and be more than a “flyby”.
As a foreigner in Singapore, by definition you are a link, a mean for your company/corporation to reach further. You will be expected to perform and provide the added value as anyone else, yet at the same time you have in you the potential to provide more: inspire others.
It is a chance but this contains also challenges that one should be aware of.
Your first task will be adjusting to Singapore and your new role. Although Singapore is very welcoming and an “easy destination”, this task should not be overlooked. Showing interest in the social and economic environment, the land, the population, will be key to your successful local integration and acceptance. ( The Right Latitude is here to help: Core training )
Second, understand your stakeholders. The people you will be interacting with also come with a rich background. Here again, learn about the local history and ways of life to connect and grasp some unspoken truth…(The Right Latitude is here to help: Work Culture training)
Thirdly, recognize the company’s goal. Listen to the loud and subtle clues. Go and talk to your colleagues and get a sense of the company’s local culture. Once you are no longer the “exotic” center of attention, listen to the stories and past experiences shared. If your company is a branch, check out its history locally. Where do the employees come from, what is the company’s local competition, what are the idiosyncratic ways of your trade? With a little time, your past experience and the new understanding you’ve developed, you will become a bridge rather than a middleman.
Time for action:
Don’t be fooled, naive or overwhelmed: anticipate. One useful way to be part is to take part – sports/charity/pet … belong to something local (The Right Latitude is here to help: Orientation services, helping you settle-in ). Don’t forget to give it time and remain optimistic!
Because you step outside the box, you demonstrate that you are capable of finding new innovative solutions. Little by little you become valuable to your company here in Singapore.
Welcome to The Right Latitude!