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By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-27-2012

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Question #1: Do you work with someone who has experience bringing together people and resources from around the world?If so, pick their heads about what challenges and surprises to expect.

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Question #2: What products or services do you use that are imported? Analyze how they're taking advantage of divergence, convergence or networks.

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Question #3: Do you have a healthy list of local community contacts?From mayors to civic leaders to business influencers, connecting with local movers and shakers will ease your transition.

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Question #4: Do you know how globalization is impacting your industry?A world view of markets and supply chains is required to achieve international success.

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Question #5: Can you and your team behave with cultural sensitivity when working abroad? It's necessary to research and understand the local culture.

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Question #6: Do you have colleagues who seamlessly blend in?If so, watch closely how they speak to and interact with foreign associates.

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Question #7: How adventurous are you?Going global can take you out of your comfort zone. If you're conservative, start small.

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Question #8: Are you normally interested in other countries or cultures?Consider a global experience as a way to expand your knowledge base as a CIO.

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Question #9: How familiar are you with the local geography?Understand local resource infrastructure, such as water supply, reliable energy, safe food and the local economy.

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Question #10: How much do you know about local politics and issues?To bone up, set your computer home page to the local newspaper or other news source that can bring you up to speed.