The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business

The Culture Map Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business Whether you work in a home office or abroad business success in our ever globalized and virtual world requires the skills to navigate through cultural differences and decode cultures foreign to your

  • Title: The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business
  • Author: Erin Meyer
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Whether you work in a home office or abroad, business success in our ever globalized and virtual world requires the skills to navigate through cultural differences and decode cultures foreign to your own Renowned expert Erin Meyer is your guide through this subtle, sometimes treacherous terrain where people from starkly different backgrounds are expected to work harmWhether you work in a home office or abroad, business success in our ever globalized and virtual world requires the skills to navigate through cultural differences and decode cultures foreign to your own Renowned expert Erin Meyer is your guide through this subtle, sometimes treacherous terrain where people from starkly different backgrounds are expected to work harmoniously together.When you have Americans who precede anything negative with three nice comments French, Dutch, Israelis, and Germans who get straight to the point your presentation was simply awful Latin Americans and Asians who are steeped in hierarchy Scandinavians who think the best boss is just one of the crowd the result can be, well, sometimes interesting, even funny, but often disastrous.Even with English as a global language, it s easy to fall into cultural traps that endanger careers and sink deals when, say, a Brazilian manager tries to fathom how his Chinese suppliers really get things done, or an American team leader tries to get a handle on the intra team dynamics between his Russian and Indian team members.In The Culture Map, Erin Meyer provides a field tested model for decoding how cultural differences impact international business She combines a smart analytical framework with practical, actionable advice for succeeding in a global world.

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    1. This book can be an excellent tool for any person that works or even just interacts with different cultures.The author has an extensive experience as a cultural trainer and she shares interesting and educational events from her many years working with different people from all over the world. The focus is on European countries (UK, France, Scandinavia, Russia, Germany), USA and Asia (Japan, India, China, South Korea) and South America (Brazil, Colombia, Mexico) and Oceania. Africa is not covered [...]

    2. A practical guide for navigating cultural complexity while conducting global business. Interesting examples of everyday failures to communicate and work around solutions. Implements personal changes sounds like a challenge, but that is the way things are.While strong cultural expression makes for good stories, it can impede effective communication with people from different traditions. Of course, downgraders are used in every world culture, but some cultures use them more than others. The Briti [...]

    3. I picked up this book at Schiphol airport while traveling in Holland, on a vacation that included London, Germany, and a cruise of the Baltic Sea to Russia, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, and Denmark. It was highlighted as a " must read" and though it is a book written about the complexity of people from different cultures working together in the business world, I found it a very interesting read which maps out the general social customs of people from different countries. I kept thinking of my broth [...]

    4. نعم! نحن مختلفون! كذلك ولذلك خُلقنا.‏تناقش الكاتبة بأسلوب جميل الاختلافات بين الشعوب وذلك بدراسة 8 مواضيع يهتمّ بها عالم الأعمال والإدارة، وهي : ‏‏(الوضوح في التخاطب- الإعلام بالتقييم السلبي- الإقناع والاقتناع- الهرمية في القيادة- طرق اتخاذ القرار- آلية الاختلاف- ‏وآلية بنا [...]

    5. Being a person who is born and raised in Egypt, then moved to work in the Netherlands a couple of years ago, this book is an eyeopener for me regarding cultural differences I used to notice but wasn't able to articulate very well. Erin Meyer's books focuses on 8 aspects where cultures differ; how are people from different cultures communicate, evaluate, persuade, lead, decide, trust, disagree and schedule. The author maps culture differences onto those 8 scales, and funny enough, the Middle East [...]

    6. When you offer a drink to a guest, and she says “no, thank you”. Would she be expecting you to ask her again or she really meant what she said? The answer depends on if she’s from a “high-context” culture like China or a “low-context” culture like America.Erin Meyer used many enlightening real-life examples like this to illustrate the cultural differences around the world.I particularly like Erin Meyer’s approach of using 8 self-standing yet interconnected scales, communicating, [...]

    7. There is a minefield out there for anyone who steps from their own familiar territory into foreign turf. The consequences might only be embarrassment or they could be a lost client or you might never know what you did or did not do.“Cultural patterns of behavior and belief frequently impact our perceptions (what we see), cognitions (what we think), and actions (what we do).” If Meyer’s goal is “to help you improve your ability to decode these three facets of culture and to enhance your e [...]

    8. Candidate for the best book I have read in 2016 unless another one can beat it. The author made is fun to read with great examples that I could easily relate to.

    9. The book was OK. It offers a good overview of differences between cultures. Sometimes we may assume that 2 cultures are similar, but in the end there is a possibility of conflict, because they have different "mentality" on a certain point (trust or time perception, for instance). But Erin often limits herself to personal stories and doesn't cite almost any researcher or study. Where did she take her scales from? What indicators did she use? Hunch? Gut feeling? Statistical analysis? Sometimes sto [...]

    10. I found this book to be fascinating, enlightening, important, and highly relevant. Erin Meyer talks about culture in a way that is respectful and also relative, so that we can understand cultural differences by contrast and comparison.Even though this book is designed to help business-people, I would argue that it is relevant and useful to all people. Everyone could benefit from reading it.Even if you don't agree with everything she has to say (though I personally can't say that I found her to b [...]

    11. Adorei este livro. A autora tem bastante experiência com interações multiculturais e explica, organiza, situa e ensina a lidar com diferentes culturas, em relação a temas como comunicação, liderança, persuasão e organização do tempo, entre outras. Cheio de exemplos e pequenos casos, muito interessante!

    12. This is the book I should have read 20 years ago when starting to work abroad! @erinmeyerinsead gives the background and the examples. I will recommend this book for all people working abroad or working with foreigners back home. Understanding and respect differences are a good start for a successful collaboration.

    13. Книга обязательна к прочтению всем, кто ведёт бизнес с иностранными партнёрами или в командах с сотрудниками из разных стран. Автор разбирает поведенческие отличия разных культур на 8 уровнях. Много примеров из практики автора.

    14. Eye opening introduction into how cultures affect work relationshipsI was quite impressed with how much I’ve learnt from this book. The book talks in detail about how culture manifests itself at work and how it can sometimes cause clashes. It was really interesting to learn about ‘low context’ and ‘high context’ cultures which differ in the level of directness of communication, and how that can cause issues in the workplace. It was also super enlightening to see a ‘map’ of how vari [...]

    15. I was required to read this book for a program that I am involved in through work. I thought that the author did a great job describing the nuances of working with people from other countries and the differences among cultures when it comes to among other things, leading, persuading and trusting. We had a great conversation regarding these activities, how they vary by country or region, and then we shared examples of how we had each by impacted by these differences within our company. Meyer also [...]

    16. I feel that the book is written for managers handling multicultural teams, but it can be extremely useful for everyone working and even living in a multicultural environment.I read it as a team exercise and it forces us to reflect about ourselves and to also know the team better.The author proposes 8 scaled for measuring a culture and dedicates a chapter to each one. I don't know if this is the most comprehensive way to dissect cultural differences, but at least for business settings it fits pre [...]

    17. I appreciate the real stories that capture the experience of culture clash from different views. In some anecdotes, she relates a story and conversation by her clients during a such a clash or misunderstanding. In others, she is the protagonist of the story experiencing the point of culture confusion, and reflecting upon it.It is this mix of both others views, as well as willing to relate her own personal stories that makes this a fascinating read. It also brings out some of the author’s own j [...]

    18. Erin Meyers bok "The culture map" er skrevet for ledere av multinasjonale selskaper, men er en fryd å lese for oss andre også.Den handler om arbeidslivskulturen verden rundt. Erin Meyer er konsulent for selskaper som kjenner at det knirker når de skal få avdelinger i ulike land, noen ganger ulike verdensdeler, til å jobbe sammen.Åtte akserErin Meyer plasserer verdens land langs åtte akser når det gjelder arbeidslivskultur. En slik grovinndeling vil selvsagt bli temmelig overfladisk, men [...]

    19. As someone who is British but with Brazilian cultural influence, who is based in the UK office of an International charity, working with and reporting directly to the US office (with a line manager from Madagascar), while leading teams across Southern Africa, the differences in cultural approaches and attitudes are my daily reality. It's challenging enough at times understanding unspoken assumptions of approach and behaviour in our own culture, but when you try to build team unity across several [...]

    20. Like most business books, the language was simple and direct, so this was a quick read. Unfortunately also like most business books, I found it a bit boring. But that didn't mean it did not have some interesting information to impart, particularly about philosophy.The author has created a systemic approach to addressing cultural diversity in the global business environment. This is absolutely critical in 2017, yet that approach may at times veer into semantics.For example, it is very useful to b [...]

    21. Well written and really well edited. Unlike some business books that state the main point in the first few chapters and spend the rest of the pages reiterating the point, every chapter in this book delivered something tangible and different. I feel that it expanded my worldview showing me a new dimension to people's actions, perceptions, and motivations. I was honestly worried in the beginning that the book would advocate cultural determinism but I was proven wrong - it's a very nuanced book tha [...]

    22. 3 stars!Even though I had to read this book for a course in university, I still quite enjoyed it and I really learned a lot from it. It has made me very aware of cultural differnces that I might otherwise not have known about. Meyer presents her "Culture Map" in a very easy style. Instead of lots of difficult words, she really explains everything very well and very thoroughly. The more I read, the more I was annoyed by the repetetiveness of introducing new "characters". After a few times it just [...]

    23. I read this book as part of a homework assignment for module on cultural differences. It was an easy read with a lot of great examples. The style was a bit more enthusiastic than what I prefer in business writing, but it wasn't too big a problem. The Audible narrator was the main reason for the lower rating. The faux accents she'd put on whenever speaking as a person from another culture was extremely distracting, and at times, incomprehensible. Stick to the text for this one.

    24. This is a must-read for everyone who is a part of an international team as well as for those who have moved abroad and are experiencing certain difficulties adapting to their new country. Although this is a business book, the information is presents can be interpreted with everyday interpersonal communication in mind.

    25. Interesting, and I appreciated the tone throughout the book of being open-minded of other cultures. Meyer is definitely more American as she uses more case-based examples rather than theories, which would have strengthened her stances. --- Ps. Can't deal with peaches.

    26. Really liked this book. Would recommend it to everyone. Expecially if you moved to live to another country or work with people from other countries or just want to understand your culture a little bit more.

    27. For anyone who works at a global company or across different cultures, this is a must read. The author provides incredible, real life, examples of situations where cultural misunderstandings impact businesses and shows a practical approach on how to fix them. Great read

    28. I read this for work because I will be teaching an adjacent subject soon. I started out loving it, but two significant problems emerged.First and most importantly, the author relies, almost entirely, on anecdotes. There are very, very few actual scientific studies mentioned and they do no specifically relate to the larger claims the author was making. As I read, I constantly wondered whether these observations could all be chalked up to confirmation bias. Meyer highlighted example after example [...]

    29. I wish I could have read this book when I moved to another country and started working here 6 years ago. About every three pages I cringed thinking of a past conversation, presentation or negotiation that went sideways and I had to chalk up to "cultural differences". A quick read and full of anecdotes, this explained so many of the issues I have had. Highly recommended for anyone doing user research or design with/for people outside of their own country, working in mixed international teams or w [...]

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