1) Is "who you know" always a bad thing in hiring or promotions in you view? Should it matter?
2) On the notion of "intimidation." This goes back to a dictatorial style of leadership (used to be called Theory X), "Do as I say, I am the boss." Does this style really work anymore in this environment? Should it be used? If so, when?
3) Are there specific skills that you think are necessary for leaders to be successful leading across cultures?