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Laurette Bennhold-Samaan & Skipton Leonard


The Five Key Challenges for Global teams

Laurette Bennhold-Samaan & Skipton Leonard

Descriptions: Global teams face many challenges. Team members are often widely dispersed, must rely primarily on virtual communication, and serve various stakeholders in complex and matrixed organizations. Global leaders often attribute a team's effectiveness (or lack thereof) to skills such as virtual communication and basic intercultural understanding. But is this accurate? Over the past ten years, Aperian Global has gathered survey results from 2,240 teams and nearly 17,000 team members from all over the world, resulting in one of the largest available sources of data regarding the performance challenges encountered by global teams. And while intercultural and virtual communications proficiency play a role in team effectiveness, the data suggest that other factors are more critical predictors of team success or failure. Gain insight into these factors and learn how you can develop your team's optimal performance.


Laurette Bennhold-Samaan

Chief Operating Officer

As an international mobility executive, Ms. Bennhold-Samaan has over twenty-five years experience in world-class organizations including Accenture, the World Bank, Honda of America, and the Peace Corps. Her expertise includes business alignment, strategic planning, policy development, training management, and partnering with corporate, government, educational, and international organizations. Ms. Bennhold-Samaan has co-authored a number of intercultural training books and delivered training/coaching programs in over 50 countries. She holds a Master of International Affairs focusing on cross-cultural communications and international business. She was born in Egypt, lived in Nigeria, and has been an expatriate in Germany and Canada. She currently resides in Washington, DC.

Skipton Leonard

Co-Founder and CEO, Learning thru Action

Trained as a social and organizational psychologist, Dr. Leonard has devoted his career to helping individuals, teams, and organizations achieve their goals and accomplish their missions by learning how to be more adaptive, creative, and innovative. A noted authority on leadership development, he has coached and trained thousands of executives, managers, and professionals. / He is a Principal and Managing Director for Learning Thru Action, LLC, a consulting firm that provides action-based solutions for developing organizations and people. He has consulted around the world with such companies as American Express, AstraZeneca, Boeing, Bechtel, Daimler Chrysler, Dell, NCS-Pearson, and SAIC. He also has experience with NGO's such as the IMF and World Bank as well as US government organizations such as NIH, the US Army, the United States Postal Service, GSA, USDA, and GAO.