Definition: Identifies and keeps
up-to-date on key national and international policies and economic, political, and social trends that affect the organization.
Understands near-term and long-rang plans and determines how to best be
positioned to achieve a competitive business advantage in a global
Ideas for Developing this Competency:
- Read agency publications to keep abreast of more global influences and issues that will
affect your organization.
- Read publications; listen to radio and
television programs that have good coverage of
international political, geographic, economic and cultural trends. (e.g.,
NY Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal,
National Geographic, Smithsonian, C-Span,
CNN, BBC, NPR).
- Review information on the Department of State web page (www.state.gov) and other
agencies, organizations and associations with an international focus.
- Shadow someone in another government agency or in the academic or private sector.
- Travel to places you have not been before (read about the people and customs).
- Join an organization that will expose you to more global issues.
- Correspond with someone in another country.
- Organize a round-table discussion on current issues facing public managers.
- Attend seminars and lectures
inside and outside of your organization to familiarize yourself
with trends that may affect the future work of your
- Watch television programs or videos
that address international issues.
- Establish networks with people outside BLM
to broaden your focus.
- Build strong external networks with people in your profession.