SIX (6) WAYS TELSTAR18 GOT THE BALL ROLLING WITH MY CAREER

Last summer, I had the immense privilege to be sent out to China to take part in an employee rotation program called the 'Global Operations (GOPS) Ambassador Program' to support the production of TELSTAR18, our latest Match Ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Today, I live in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where I relocated about a month ago, to oversee the Manufacturing Excellence Footwear initiatives with all the Boost, Knit and Bottom Component facilities in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. This post is my humble opinion on what I believe contributed to enabling my global mindset as part of our Global Operations department.

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COLOMBO: TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP ON PARADISE ISLAND

I just landed in yet another country for the weekend, as I am in Sri Lanka for the Regional Project Management Conference 2018 - organized by PMI Colombo Sri Lanka Chapter - under the theme of "Transformational leadership for project success". Indeed, I was invited to deliver a keynote titled "Scientific Project Management: The Horizontal PMO Concept". How did I end up being a headliner for such a highly regarded event in the Project Management international scene? Aliki (Aliki en route) from PMI Montreal whored me out on the international scene like fresh fish at the early morning market. All jokes aside, Aliki visited Colombo a few weeks back. While she was here, she was asked to deliver a presentation which went super well. When Ganesh W - President of PMI Colombo Sri Lanka Chapter - asked her if she could come back for the regional conference three months later, she unfortunately couldn't fit this trip into her itinerary around the globe. On the other hand, who has two thumbs and has experience talking in front of large audiences of hundreds of people ? This guy!

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THE RELOCATION STATE OF MIND

Here I am, back in Ho Chi Minh City for the third time. Although, this time is not only for a short business trip. In fact, I recently accepted a position based in the megapolis I have learnt to love over my first two visits here. How did I end up here, and what happened since my last post? I know it's been a long time since you've heard from me, but in my mind it all happened in a split second. Things seemed to have happened so fast that I must take a step back and reflect on the series of events that brought me to relocate to yet another country in three years only.

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MURPHY'S LAW VS. THE WORLD

This month, I had the opportunity to travel to China for a short term assignment at work. Murphy's Law being always faithful to itself, my preparation for this STA was far from easy. Of course, things being what they are in a large global organization, no one was really aware of the process to follow to support me in this preparation. Fingers were crosspointed at each department (e.g. home location pointing at host location and vice versa). On top of that, I am sure you can imagine how complex the administrative process to obtain a Chinese visa could be. Add to this the good old German bureaucracy and you got yourself a very elaborate cocktail of mayhem.

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TEN (10) THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BECOMING AN 'EXPAT'

Today marks my second anniversary of relocation to Germany. I can't believe it has been already two years since I left the City of Saints to go live abroad. For the occasion, I thought I would write a post to share some lessons learned from my expat life. This might help you shed some light on a few elements of your relocation you won't be able to anticipate.

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THE HUNT II: THE BASE LAYER

Remember when I started my Hunt by stating that finding an apartment is not easy? Turns out I am starting to understand why as the dots are slowly connecting before my very eyes. Back when I chose Erlangen over Nuremberg and Herzogenaurach, I knew that the room I was applying for was limited to a six-month lease...

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THE HUNT

Finding an apartment is never easy. That phrase might sound like a stereotype, but... it actually is! Truth is I wouldn't know whether it's easy or not since it's my first experience as I just moved out of my parent's house back in Montreal. Therefore, I'm pretty much assuming at this point!

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MY RELOCATION AGENT IS NOT GERMAN!

With my new position as a Senior Project Manager in Germany was provided an on-site relocation service. A relocation agent had me appointed to assist with my work permit; registration to the Town Hall; apartment search; transfer of driving licence; etc.

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A SAMPLE FROM A TOTALLY FAKE RESIGNATION LETTER

Dear Mr. Vice President General Manager, Mr. Functional Director, Mrs. Human Resources Director,

Please accept this written statement as an advance notice of my resignation from the Undisclosed Company. I intend to work through the next three weeks with my last working day on Friday, July 3 of 2015.

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THE CUT

La tension est palpable au lendemain l'annonce de cette nouvelle percutante qui ne laisse personne indifférent. Au retour des vacances du temps des fêtes, les sourires se sont instantanément transformés en airs d'enterrement.

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LA COUPURE

La tension est palpable au lendemain l'annonce de cette nouvelle percutante qui ne laisse personne indifférent. Au retour des vacances du temps des fêtes, les sourires se sont instantanément transformés en airs d'enterrement.

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