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Dec 9, 2017

Joe Chan is the Director - Property and Casualty Insurance Group at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada.  Joe and I have known each other for over 20 years.  Joe has an interesting and diverse career path.  He worked in banks, insurance companies, capital market and now at a government agency.  While many people get hung up on titles, Joe focuses on what’s really important which is expanding his knowledge and building a well-rounded profile to offer values to his team.

In this podcast, Joe and I talk about how horizontal career growth can be beneficial for cross-cultural professionals.  It is a way to create value for the organization and to the individual.  

We also talk about the importance of challenging yourself to step outside your comfort zone.  Taking on projects outside your day-to-day works is not only a way to gain valuable knowledge, it is also a very good opportunity for you to gain visibility within your organization.

Joe also shares few other additional pieces of career advice for cross-cultural professionals: e.g. in North American corporations, you need to be vocal about what you’re looking for in your own career.  The Asian cultural values of being humble and being respectful sometimes can be seen as weak in North American corporations.  I had a great time chatting with my old friend, Joe Chan.  

I hope you’ll enjoy this podcast!