Glen Wakeman, working as a CEO, investor, and small business owner, has been very successful. Glen has a very long career with General Electric, but he now works at his own company Nova Four, which he also founded. Nova Four is a business accelerator, helping new small business owners get their foot in the door and run productive companies.
During the 20 years that Wakeman worked for General Electric, he traveled the world, living in a total of six different countries. During this time, he created a completely new division of General Electric called GE Money Latin America. Wakeman personally grew this department to employ over 17,000 people.
Glen Wakeman, being as experienced in travel as he is, is the perfect person to talk about how traveling can benefit the mind, body, and soul. According to Glen Wakeman, his travels showed him that there are multiple ways to approach a problem. Traveling has made him a better businessman and team leader.
It is no secret that the world is filled with diversity, and this diversity, when approached with an open mind, can show a person that there is much more to the world than you previously thought. Every culture has a way of solving their differences, and when a person is exposed to such variety it can only be beneficial for their own decision making.
Traveling can relieve stress, encourage creativity, improve social skills, help you learn new languages, and encourage general learning. It is even more beneficial for a traveler if they are able to work while abroad.
When Glen Wakeman was working in Brazil he began to see that his management skills weren’t living up to his own standards. He believed that his failed leadership skills, which previously had not failed him, was due to cultural differences with the people he worked with. He worked to correct these changes and is now better off for taking the time and effort to adapt.