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Growing A Global Enterprise, Michal Svoboda

Posted on May 27, 2016

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What I Learned: Michael Svoboda


CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, ALLYN INTERNATIONAL SERVICES, WHICH HAS REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS IN FORT MYERS, SHANGHAI AND PRAGUE. THE COMPANY PROVIDES TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT, LOGISTICS SOURCING, FREIGHT FORWARDING, SUPPLY CHAIN CONSULTING, TAX MANAGEMENT AND GLOBAL TRADE COMPLIANCE. SVOBODA WAS BORN IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC AND HAS WORKED FOR ALLYN SINCE 2000, BEGINNING ONSITE IN OSLO, NORWAY, AS BRANCH AND OPERATIONAL MANAGER. HE MOVED TO THE U.S. IN 2008 AS GLOBAL LOGISTICS MANAGER.


BEST BUSINESS PRACTICE IN OTHER COUNTRIES

“We have always respected the laws and regulations in the country. We try to find good partners and good employees that will have similar values as our company. One of our key values is integrity. We know that in certain parts of the world, the standards of fair and transparent purchasing differs, but we do apply or try to apply the same standard regardless of any region that we are in. We don’t compromise that, period. In certain situations, you may say, ‘I’m not going to work for this client because otherwise it’s going to compromise our integrity and our standards.’”

BEST WAYS TO FIND LOCAL PARTNERS IN OTHER COUNTRIES

“Whenever we establish a new subsidiary, we try to travel there and meet with potential partners. [Allyn does business in more than 20 languages and has experience in both developed and emerging markets.] Each employee we hire, we really need to see face to face. It’s something we do throughout the world. Since we are a service company, it starts with the hiring process. At the end of the day, they will be more engaged, a better team player and provide better customer service.”

BIGGEST ADJUSTMENTS IN WORKING INTERNATIONALLY

“[In Africa, the challenges are] certain infrastructure in terms of Internet availability. We still need to rely on old-fashioned phones in those regions. If you want to be global, those things will always be there. You simply need to adjust.”

BEST WAYS TO UNDERSTAND CULTURAL DIFFERENCES

“When you travel, observe how people react. Something that is very customary in the U.S. could be shameful basically to different parts of the world. Someone that has not traveled across the world [needs to] study more … prior to going there. If you have reliable partners or set up employees, you learn more about the culture. In certain parts, it’s refreshing and gives you a different respect.

FUTURE GROWTH FOR ALLYN

“We are setting up an entity in India right now. We are thinking about Singapore. When we set up an entity, it always goes to the fact that is there a need? Is there a client need for different kinds of reasons?”

 

Article provided by: http://www.gulfshorebusiness.com/June-2016/Growing-A-Global-Enterprise/

Photo taken by: Alex Stafford

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