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Truly Global


Tightly organized and well-written; answers fundamental questions about what it takes to broaden the scope of a business...

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A debut book provides advice from a localization expert for companies that want to go global.

Schlegel, who ran her own translation company and worked both in Europe and the United States on translation and localization for numerous employers, approaches globalization from an enterprise perspective in this work. In 22 brief chapters, the author offers a kind of soup-to-nuts introduction to how a business can most effectively pursue worldwide ambitions. She covers such topics as international operations, the selection and management of a team, the concept of “geo alignment,” how to target the right countries, how to choose the correct departments, how to globalize products, and more. The book is an intriguing mix of strategy and tactics in the sense that it addresses both the “why” and the “how” of globalization. For example, in describing geo alignment, the author highlights the strategic necessity of a “tight alignment between all headquarters (main and geos) and the final and successful penetration of your offering into a specific country or key account.” But she also provides a specific checklist for what should be considered before moving forward with a geo alignment program. Similarly, when Schlegel discusses which countries to target, she explains both why it is essential to select particular nations and how to go about doing so. “Ideally,” she writes, “your company has a model that explains which countries deserve what entitlements. This includes which countries will have a call center in the primary language, localized products, a comprehensive digital presence, and globalized partner programs.” These insights could only come from someone steeped in global business. Whether it is hiring for an international team, developing a content strategy, detailing the primary differences between translation and localization, or establishing appropriate metrics, the content of this short, useful book should prove highly valuable to any corporate leader or manager who needs to get a firm grip on globalization. Consider this a solid overview rather than an in-depth treatment. At the end, Schlegel delivers additional resources for further exploration (“Places to network, read about latest trends, present your ideas, and practice your leadership”).

Tightly organized and well-written; answers fundamental questions about what it takes to broaden the scope of a business into international markets.

Pub Date: Aug. 4, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-4602-8704-0

Page Count: 108

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: Sept. 28, 2016

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This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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An extravaganza in Bemelmans' inimitable vein, but written almost dead pan, with sly, amusing, sometimes biting undertones, breaking through. For Bemelmans was "the man who came to cocktails". And his hostess was Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), arbiter of American decorating taste over a generation. Lady Mendl was an incredible person,- self-made in proper American tradition on the one hand, for she had been haunted by the poverty of her childhood, and the years of struggle up from its ugliness,- until she became synonymous with the exotic, exquisite, worshipper at beauty's whrine. Bemelmans draws a portrait in extremes, through apt descriptions, through hilarious anecdote, through surprisingly sympathetic and understanding bits of appreciation. The scene shifts from Hollywood to the home she loved the best in Versailles. One meets in passing a vast roster of famous figures of the international and artistic set. And always one feels Bemelmans, slightly offstage, observing, recording, commenting, illustrated.

Pub Date: Feb. 23, 1955

ISBN: 0670717797

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1955

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