The vast majority of managers who conduct business internationally have little understanding about how culture is impacting their work. This is especially true as more and more of us communicate daily with people in other countries over virtual media like e-mail or telephone. Culture has impacted your communication, how you understand one another, and ultimately how you get the job done. Yet in the absence of the visual and contextual cues that physical presence provides, you didn't even recognize that something cultural was going on. These cultural differences may seem small. But if you're unaware of the differences and unarmed with strategies for managing them effectively, they can derail your team meetings, demotivate your employees, frustrate your foreign suppliers, and make it more difficult to achieve your goals.``
"The Culture Map stands out as a practical book to explain and frame a very difficult collection of concepts that are increasingly relevant today." - Forbes
"The book abounds with well-chosen anecdotes to illustrate the misunderstandings that can arise from clashing cultural assumptions, making this enlightening book a pleasure to read." - Foreign Affairs
"These are not hard and fast rules, but Meyer delivers important reading for those engaged in international business." - Kirkus
"she fills this book with examples from her own experience to show how these challenges can playout in reality." - Director Magazine
In such a busy and crowded marketplace, most people and organizations don’t have time to learn about what other places are really like. When you haven’t got time to read a book, you judge it by its cover. We all navigate through the complexity of the modern world armed with a
To realize the current global stage, all you need to do is to look at your dinner table! It’s full of food from the four corners of the World; Salmon from Chile, sauce and spices from Brazil. Your dishes might be from China or Hungary, and glassware from the Czech Republic.
When scholars write the history of the world twenty years from now, and they come to the chapter Y2K to March 2004, what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events
you can quickly run into problems when working with people who are accustomed to other modes of reasoning.
Your habitual pattern of reasoning is heavily influenced by the kind of thinking emphasized in your culture's educational structure.
If you're not sure what you have been asked to do, don't read between the lines but state clearly that you don't understand and ask for clarification.
sometimes it would be better to not be so polite, as it gives the impression of vagueness or uncertainty.
Japan as in India and China, people use a different style of communication—one that depends on unconscious assumptions about common reference points and shared knowledge.
By analyzing the positioning of one culture relative to another, the scales will enable you to decode how culture influences your own international collaboration and avoid painful situations.
Culture has impacted your communication, how you understand one another, and ultimately how you get the job done.