Former GE executive on the challenges of international leadership

06/9/2009 | Financial Times (free content)

ABB CEO Joe Hogan made his name running General Electric's health care division, so when he got the call to lead a European electrical engineering firm, he says he had to learn to manage his own expectations while adjusting to a new culture and new business model. "You've got to understand first why something is done that way, he says. "I've seen some big mistakes by business leaders because they want to change things to suit their comfort zones."

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