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Global Fitness Indicator: the Global Professionals Profiler

The Global Professionals Profiler (GPP) is an academically robust Global Fitness indicator tool that reveals key planning and development information in relation to Global Fitness so that you can meet the demands of today's VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) globalising world. It measures 3 key areas of intercultural competence:

  • Intercultural vitality (the personal qualities needed for working in global contexts)
  • Intercultural understanding (awareness of & sensitivity to own & others' beliefs/values, patterns of behaviour, and systems/regulations)
  • Intercultural skilfulness (competence in communicating, collaborating and leading in multicultural and global contexts)
Benefits for Organizations/Managers Benefits for Individuals
Assesses and maps:
  • the cultural appetite of your workforce and different departments for working globally;
  • the level of experience of your staff in working globally;
  • the level of confidence your staff have in working globally;
  • the intercultural strengths and needs of different teams;
  • the gaps between aspiration and experience/ confidence that need addressing;
  • the information you need to plan strategically to improve your global performance.
Helps you to:
  • reflect on your attitudes towards working globally and with people from culturally different backgrounds;
  • reflect on your experiences of working globally;
  • reflect on your confidence in working globally;
  • identify your areas of strength;
  • identify your professional development needs;
  • map your changing needs and personal growth.

The GPP takes the Global Fitness Program as its conceptual foundation, allowing three broad aspects to be probed: Global Fitness Environment, Global Fitness Engagement Routines, and Global Fitness Outcome Goals.

Global Fitness Environment: These items allow organisations to ascertain how far they are offering the support that employees need to develop Global Fitness. Respondents rate items in two ways: 'Importance to me' AND 'My actual experience'

Global Fitness Engagement Routines: These items allow individuals and organisations to ascertain how far they are taking advantage of the opportunities available for building Global Fitness.Respondents rate items in two ways: 'Importance to me' AND 'My actual experience'

Global Fitness Outcome Goals: These items allow individuals and organisations to ascertain how far they are confident in their Global Fitness skills and attributes. Respondents rate items in two ways: 'Importance to me' AND 'Ease of handling'. Items cover the following facets:

Intercultural Vitality

  • The personal strengths and qualities needed for working in a VUCA world

Intercultural understanding

  • Understanding of, and interest in, the ways in which culture affects global working (e.g. see chart below)

Intercultural Skilfulness

  • Achieving effective communication
  • Building good team/group relations (e.g. see chart below)
  • Managing staff sensitively and effectively
  • Global leadership

 Example 1 of insights gained from GPP (based on real data)


Cultural Understanding and Interest

  • A good number of employees regard cultural diversity as important and tend to understand how culture affects the way people prefer to work in their organisation (see green quadrant).
  • However, about one third of employees report that they do not understand other people's different values and beliefs, and find it challenging to mix with people at their multicultural workplace. (see yellow and pink quadrants).
  • A small proportion of employees shows no interest in engaging with cultural differences in their workplace or might be oblivious to the importance of it (see purple and yellow quadrants).

Example 2 of insights gained from GPP (based on real data)


Team/ Group Relations

  • A large majority of employees consider building relationships in teams as highly important and feel they are working in a context of trust, respect and appreciation for each other's expertise (see green quadrant).
  • However, one third of those respondents who consider team relationships important, feel they are not achieving this in their workplace and suffer from lack of support for each other during challenging times (see pink quadrant).

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For more information contact:
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