John Challenger: Microsoft to lay off 18,000. Where do we go from here?

You couldn’t miss it…it was everywhere. The headlines all read something like this:

“Microsoft lays off 18,000, including half of Nokia, in largest-ever job cuts”

John Challenger, Chief Executive Officers of Challenger, Gray and Christmas is here to help make sense of this news, including what it really means for Microsoft, for the Technology sector, and for the broader economy as a whole. And more importantly…where do we go from here?

Who is Challenger, Gray and Christmas? From their website

“Put simply, as outplacement experts, we help people make better job changes than they could on their own, leading them to more successful careers, and creating happier alumni for their former employers. Explore more about our company to learn why we are best equipped to coach your people in effective career transitions.

In all of our programs, we partner with our customers to provide customized and flexible services for all levels of employees. Our outplacement approach is highly proactive and responsive, resulting in our industry-leading landing rates. Our programs are based on a fast-start model that provides intensive, customized, individualized training, coaching, and personal support to our clients.”

Philip Berry: Executive Coaching and Being Better Than You Believe

Philip A. Berry is President of Philip Berry Associates LLC, a management consulting firm which focuses on executive coaching, personal branding, global talent development, leadership training, global diversity, cross cultural competency, innovation and organizational effectiveness. Philip has lived abroad and worked in over 60 countries and gained extensive experience in leadership development and human capital improvement strategies on a global level.

As the former Vice President of Global Workplace Initiatives and Corporate Officer for Colgate-Palmolive, Philip led the company’s efforts to attract, develop and retain a diverse workforce. He was responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating diversity and inclusion strategies on a global basis, along with government compliance. He was also the Global VP for Employee Relations & Best Place to Work. In prior senior HR roles, he served the Central Europe/Russia, Africa/Middle East, Latin America, and Asia and lived in Paris as VP for HR Europe. In each of these areas, Philip made major contributions on key business issues, particularly goal alignment, executive compensation, business development and acquisition integration.Being Better Than You Believe

Prior to joining Colgate-Palmolive, Philip acquired HR expertise at Procter & Gamble, where he worked for eight years in labor relations, organizational development and compensation. He also worked at Digital Equipment as Personnel Manager and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority as Vice President of Human Resources.
Philip serves on numerous boards. He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for City University that has responsibility for the 24 colleges within the New York City. He is a member of the Board of Directors Global Commerce Education, a cross cultural competency think tank; a member of the Advisory Board of the New York City Center, an arts and cultural institution; an advisor to the Corporate Diversity Council for the Asia Society and a member of the International Executive Resources Group.
He is recognized for his many contributions. He is a recent recipient of the Crossing Borders awards from Feminist Press. Other of Philip’s awards include: several awards from National Hispanic Corporate Achievers, Community Service Award the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce; the National Association of Asian American Professionals, the Quality of Work Life award from Work Life Matters magazine, the 100 Most Powerful Blacks in New York award from Crain Magazine, the Communicator of the Year award from Global HR News and the Governor’s award for Distinction in Community Service.
Philip is the author of “Being Better Than You Believe: 8 Steps to Ultimate Success”; Outskirts press 2010 and has authored several articles. Among the most recent are The Diversity Officers Role: its Relevance During the Recession, Recovery & the Obama Era: Bonnier Press 2010; Breaking Through the Bamboo Ceiling: Diversity Executive Magazine Dec 2010;Mastering Cultural Dexterity: Diversity Best Practices Journal 2009; How to Re-Light the Fire in Yourself & Others in a Down Economy: Global HR News 3/09 ;How Global Megatrends are Shaping Global Talent Management ; Strategies : Global H R News 12/08 and How Transformational Leadership Inspires Change: Global H R News 11/08.

Philip received his MBA from Xavier University, his M.S.W from Columbia University and his Sociology from Queens College and AA in Marketing from Manhattan Community College. Philip is certified by the International Coaching Federation and is a certified minority supplier.

David Fox

David Fox, Senior Global HR and Talent Management Leader

David FoxDavid Fox has lived in China for more than 8 years.  David’s activities in China include providing HR, Talent and OD solutions to the Top 100 companies in China.  In 2013, he returned to China after serving as Head of Human Resources with Thomson Reuters Corporate Technology Group in the US and Switzerland. Thomson Reuters is a Fortune 500 company with $13 billion in revenue, and more than 60,000 employees in more than 100 countries.  

David is Group Manager of LinkedIn’s largest and fastest growing HR professional community in China – China HR Network – with more than 55,000 Members.  He served as volunteer Vice-Chair of the Education & Training Industry Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce Shanghai.  

As an author, David has published numerous articles in China’s largest circulation professional magazines for the HR community – Human Capital Management Magazine, World Management Review, and Network HR.  

As an instructor, David has been featured several times with the Duke University Fuqua School of Business MBA programs Shanghai Residency, and has been a virtual lecturer to Johns Hopkins University Course “Strategy, Structure & Roles”. David teaches a course on Global HR with the Europe-China-Strategic-Alliance Summer Program at Shanghai University of Finance & Economics. Prior to his career in China, David held roles such as Executive Director Global Talent Management and Director of International HR with a global IT services firm; Manager of International HR with a global hospitality and tourism company, and Manager of HR, Workforce Analysis and Central Employment with the world’s largest aerospace manufacturer.

About Global Business News

EdCohen1“In a global, interconnected economy, jobs will flow to the nations with the best training and education. “

– Larry Fink, Chairman & CEO, BlackRock 

Well, that just about says it all… about why GlobalBusinessNews  can be important to you and your organization.

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To help you prepare you are invited to PARTICIPATE in ongoing corporate GLOBAL RESEARCH on the theme, GOING GLOBAL, LESSONS LEARNED …please click here.  The findings will be discussed throughout the year at the LIVE conference workshops as well as on the radio and in the magazine.  


Here are some questions to consider about ‘GOING’ GLOBAL’…

How has ‘international business’ impacted your career?

How has it impacted your business operations?

How has it impacted your own attitudes?  

Do you now work differently?  If yes, tell us how.  

How will talent be acquired, from where? 

How will the talent be trained and developed? 

How will it be deployed and will the relocation benefits serve ‘leadership development’ or will the relocation create additional problems? 

What about ‘succession planning’ and the ‘next assignment’ utilizing the new skills developed from the relocation experience?



All of this relates to market development and expanding global business. 

For the world will be living in, leadership needs to develop an enhanced Global Mindset and learn what it will take for organizations and companies to “win” in globalization and deal better with seemingly “light-speed” business and economic changes. 

Dynamic, shifting global business opportunity is causing leadership strategy to change and this shift is resulting in capital re-allocations and this will impact workforce planning. 

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Author, Actress, Speaker Robyn Hatcher on "Standing Ovation Presentations".

Robyn Hatcher is an author and communication skills expert who brings more than 17 years of experience to her position as Founder and Principal of SpeakEtc., a boutique communication and presentation-skills training company. As Robyn knows that many communication issues stem from people’s inability to recognize and “own” their tremendous value, she delivers dynamic presentations, workshops and training’s that are both engaging and inspirational.

Once an extremely shy child, Robyn is passionate about teaching individuals how to transform their process of communication so that they can express themselves effectively and powerfully. With that in mind, Robyn recently launched her first book,Standing Ovation Presentations(Motivational Press, 2013), a complete presentations skills guide that contains a unique communication-style system Standing Ovation Presentationscalled ActorTypes. Robyn knows from years of training others that most people have a core set of strengths that relate to one or more of nine different character types found in movies and TV. Using these personas, she provides readers with detailed tips and skills on how to polish strengths and minimize weaknesses so they can create and deliver stellar presentations and communicate with style – their own style.

Over the course of her career, Robyn has helped thousands of business professionals improve their presentations and conduct successful interviews and interpersonal communication. Her clients have included C-suite executives and entrepreneurs, as well as academics and human services professionals, among many others. Her corporate client roster has included Fortune 500 companies and noteworthy brands, including Lifetime Television, Jones New York, AXA, Jet Blue, Deloitte & Touche and Merrill Lynch,to name a few.

Prior to founding her own consultancy, Robyn worked as a professional actress, appearing on stage in New York and surrounding region, as well as in television commercials and dramas. She has also provided voiceover talent for radio advertisements. Robyn served as a writer for two daytime dramas and is a contributor to American Express Open Forum. In addition, Robyn has frequently appeared as an expert guest on HuffPost Live, was a contributing media expert in PRNEWS 2013 Media Relations Guidebook, and wrote a personal essay that became a part of the published anthology Dancing at the Shame Prom (Seal Press, 2012) (which was recently featured at

Robyn is a current member of the prestigious New York Women in Communications, Inc.(NYWICI), Savor the Success, Step Up Women’s Network, Writers Guild of America East,Screen Actors GuildActors Equity and American Federation of Radio and Television Artists,and was an appointed member and committee chair of Manhattan’s Community Board Five for six years. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Adelphi University. One of Robyn’s proudest achievements is raising an incredible son who went from attending the New York City public schools to graduating from Yale University, then was drafted into a Major League Baseball organization where he is currently a minor league pitcher.

She lives in New York City with her husband of 29 years, Ken Becker.

Robyn uses her extensive experience to create innovative material and bring out the dynamism in every person she coaches. Her warm, humanistic approach and passion for her work encourages learners to push through their fears and into their greatness.