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O'Brien Browne
Driven by the firm belief that giving is a far greater thing than taking, O'Brien Browne's purpose is to inspire, guide, motivate and teach a rich variety of clientele, ranging from job seekers to executive managers, from university students to established professionals. He strives to enrich peoples’ lives as a mentor, coach, novelist, writer, blogger, public speaker and holder of unique seminars and global networking events.

Browne is director of OpenMinds OpenMarkets (OmOm), an international people and business development company. He is a contributing editor at MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History . His clients include Fortune 500 companies and elite universities as well as mid-sized firms and individuals seeking self-development.
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Entries by O'Brien Browne

The New Global Leader, Part XI: Karin van Auwera, Strengthening Cross-Cultural Bridges

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 12:17 AM

Karin van der Auwera's life and career epitomizes our intricately connected globalized world. Of mixed Serbian and German descent, she has lived, worked and studied throughout the USA and Europe. Her life-long mission is enhancing cross-cultural understanding, passionately driven by the thought that "living means continual learning." Author, game-designer, coach,...

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Poker-Face Meets Volcano: Invisible Force Fields and the Clash of Emotions in International Business

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 1:58 PM

Co-authored by Karin van der Auwera

A significant yet under-researched area in intercultural business communication is the impact of our emotions on our business partners. The amount of emotion which is appropriate to show in a business context is highly influenced by our upbringings and -- more than most...

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The New Global Leader, Part X: Dana Bentia, and the Sensuous Pageantry of Slow Food

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 2:59 PM

Dana's passion is food and our senses with a mission of showing how the richness of our multi-sensory environments and the multitude of our everyday interactions can create, when free of prejudiced ideas, healthier and more sustainable lives and communities. A Romanian social scientist who speaks English, German, French and...

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The Art of Getting Promoted: Subtle, Systematic, Sophisticated and Strategic

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 9:39 AM

Many employees, regardless if they hold an executive, middle management or assistant job assume that all they have to do to get promoted is work hard, be loyal and have the appropriate qualifications; in short, they behave as if promotions were automatic. They further assume that their boss will recognize...

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The Trials of Freedom: The First Slave Freed by Lincoln - 20 Years before the Civil War

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 1:05 AM

Nance Legins-Costley was the first slave freed by Abraham Lincoln -- in 1841, twenty years before the outbreak of the Civil War. Historian Carl Adams has written a dramatic true account of Nance's three trials for freedom, a story which also bolsters Lincoln's reputation as a long-standing enemy of slavery....

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Rabbit Hole Invitations: Saying 'No!' to Conflicts You Don't Need

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 3:03 PM

The root of all conflict is insecurity. And the root of all insecurity is fear.

Many people use conflict as a form of communication. Because of their own insecurities they start fights -- arguments, misunderstandings -- or use criticism and sarcasm not in a constructive way or as a...

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Mastering the Art of Indirect Language for Global Business Success: The Soft Sandwich

(5) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 8:08 AM

Sandwiches are delightful creations: they have nice soft slices on the top and bottom, and something substantial in the middle. For international businesspeople, however, communication sandwiches can be a great source of confusion, misinterpretation, misunderstanding and even conflict.

Most cultures in the world -- Asians, Indians, Africans, Middle Easterners,...

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Selling You: Creating a Winning Professional Bio or Blurb

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 1:49 PM

One of the most useful tools to have in your professional packet is your personal bio, also called a "blurb." This should be well-written, meaningful and pithy. You will use and re-use it in myriad ways: in your LinkedIn profile, marketing letters, e-mail introductions, on your company or academic website,...

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Women at Work: On Conflict

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 10:27 AM

Few things are as inevitable and unavoidable at the workplace than misunderstandings and conflicts. As the office becomes an ever more rapid-paced, multi-tasking and globalized environment the pressure to deliver quality and reach targets on time and in-budget dramatically increases, as does the potential for conflict.

The ways in...

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The New Global Leader, Part IX: Dian Alyan, Building Homes and Futures for Orphans around the World

(9) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 8:27 AM

Born in Takengon, Central Aceh, Indonesia, Dian Alyan has lived a richly rewarding global life as a brilliant student, world traveler and highly successful executive at Procter & Gamble. After tragically losing 40 relatives in the deadly Asia tsunami of 2004, she founded the GiveLight Foundation to create a home...

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Woman at Work: Negotiations -- Foreign and Domestic

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 5:18 PM

Business, like politics, is the art of negotiating, of offering this in order to get that through compromise and deal-making. Negotiations can be employee to boss, team to team, interdepartmental or company to company, and may include internal, domestic and international negotiating partners. Every time we seek a promotion or...

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The New Global Leader, Part VIII: Guillermo Chavez and the Gift of Giving

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 2:09 PM

Guillermo is co-founder and CEO of We Gift, a marketing agency whose mission is to help non-profit organizations and businesses by creating shared win-win relationships through creative marketing campaigns. Guillermo's journey shows how following your heart and soul can lead you to fulfillment. Born in Tacicuaro, Michoacán, a small farming...

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Woman at Work: Your Personal Brand and the Irrelevancy of Gender

(4) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 5:00 PM

You're committed, engaged, hard-working and loyal: so why do incompetents rise to the top while you stay trapped in your current role at a low-level tier in the management hierarchy?

The answer doesn't lie in your job performance. It lies in how you brand or don't brand yourself to...

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"Woman at Work:" Who's the Most Important Person in Your Company? Your Assistant

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 9:28 AM

"Who is the most important person in your company?" I provocatively asked a group of executive assistants. To a woman -- there were no men among them -- they answered, "My boss," meaning a male boss. "No!" I replied. "It's not them -- it's you."

Remarkably, several women in...

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Woman at Work: Intercultural Complexities -- Are You Too Dynamic to Succeed Globally?

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 3:00 PM

A female executive in the pharmaceutical industry recently returned from a business trip to a conservative Muslim country. "How did it go?" I inquired. "Not so good," she frowned. "Some of the men refused to shake my hand. How am I supposed to build a relationship with them if we...

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Women at Work: Leadership -- Style or Stereotypes?

(4) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 4:11 PM

Here's a quick quiz for you called, "guess the gender." An executive I coach is a warm, family-oriented person, highly sensitive to the opinions of others, somewhat indecisive yet very supportive. What's their gender?

If you automatically chose "woman" you are not only wrong -- my client is a...

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The New Global Leader, Part VII: Jonathan York, PhD, Turning Passion Into Profit for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 5:55 PM

Professor Jonathan York is the founder and guiding light of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), affiliated with the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly State University located in San Luis Obispo, California. Jon teaches entrepreneurship at this elite institution. In a dynamic and never dull career-adventure, Jon...

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Women at Work: The Language of War and the Invisible Codes of Honor

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2014 | 2:33 AM

For many men, the language of business is the language of war. Careers are destroyed, the competition crushed, markets conquered, territory seized, empires created or hurled into oblivion. They read Sun Tzu's The Art of War as a guide to management and fancy themselves the warriors of the business battlefield....

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The New Global Leader, Part VI: Jens Rötzel, Driving Sustainable Growth in Africa

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 3:36 PM

Charming, committed and passionate, Jens Rötzel's vision is to uplift and develop the immense potential of the African market. A living cultural interface, Jens is half-Ghanaian, half-German. He is fluent in German and English, of course, as well as several key native languages. A true entrepreneur, Jens founded his first...

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Women at Work: The Unspoken Rule of Meetings

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 4:08 PM

On a blisteringly hot day in California, I recently accompanied a powerful female lawyer whom I coach to a meeting with a new male judge. Just before she entered the room, she put on a sweater. "What are you doing -- it's sizzling!?" I said incredulously. "I can't go in...

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