Navigating Multinational Business Leadership

8m | Jun 14, 2024

In this insightful clip of EYL, our hosts Troy Millings and Rashad Bilal sit down with Dean Forbes, a seasoned executive leading teams across 16 countries. As we delve into the complexities of managing a global enterprise, Dean shares his experiences and strategies for effectively overseeing multinational operations, bridging cultural gaps, and fostering excellence within diverse teams.

Dean begins by illuminating the functional consolidation of his organizational structure. Moving from a segmented approach with multiple CEOs to a unified model, Dean's leadership style emphasizes the importance of centralization and streamlined operations. He touches on the dynamics of language and cultural sensitivity, developed over years of international experience, and how these factors are crucial in managing global teams. Dean’s ability to adapt to various cultural norms has been a cornerstone of his leadership success.

The conversation transitions to the broader implications of leadership within the tech sector, particularly for people of color. Dean highlights the burgeoning energy within the black community towards tech, citing organizations like Black Tech Awards and BYP in the UK that are driving this momentum. With hundreds of young black professionals aspiring to break into tech, Dean underscores the importance of mentorship and community support in fostering the next generation of tech leaders.

For founders aiming for acquisition, Dean offers invaluable advice. He stresses the importance of building a competent team early on, avoiding the common pitfall of founders holding onto too many functions within the company. Furthermore, he talks about the significance of managing the business in alignment with potential acquirers' metrics. Dean explains key performance indicators (KPIs) like the "rule of 40" and customer acquisition cost (CAC), which are critical in showcasing a company's health and attractiveness to potential buyers.

Dean also addresses the nuanced balance between running a company for excellence versus running it to be sold. He shares personal anecdotes from his experiences, illustrating how unforeseen circumstances can impact acquisition deals, and why it’s essential to focus on sustainable growth and operational excellence above all.

Join us for this enlightening conversation as Dean Forbes provides a masterclass in global leadership, offers practical advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, and shares his vision for the future of tech. This episode is packed with actionable insights and thought-provoking discussions that can benefit anyone looking to navigate the complexities of multinational operations or seeking to thrive in the tech industry.

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