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I imagine many readers have a basic understanding of cultural behaviours and differences I also imagine that many think, due to their understanding, they are able to grasp its impact and find solutions However, we forget our own cultural behaviour and its impact on others across different cultures.Erin Meyer helps not only to understand other cultural behaviours but also to place yourself on a cultural map With it, the reader gains insights on coping better and quicker with cultural differences Erin Meyer carefully picks up the reader at the very point the reader starts to understand the own impact with and within cultural interactions Erin Meyer combines theory with personal experiences and helps the reader to translate the academic content quickly and comprehensibly Clearly arranged around 8 core topics, the complexity of the cultural differences is shown and possible ways of dealing with them proposed Each page is entertaining and educational at the same time.Erin Meyer helped me understand cultural diversity as much as she helped me to understand my very own cultural background and acting within its boundaries given by it It opens a door to new possibilties. 8. FREE PDF ♴ The Culture Map ♫ Popular EPub, The Culture Map Author Erin Meyer This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Culture Map , Essay By Erin Meyer Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You 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 brother in law who is Dutch but working in Shanghai, China as these two countries are almost diametrically opposite in all 8 mapped areas the book discusses in the way the people communicate, react to authority, and approach business situations 4.5 stars for me, even though I m a very non business oriented person these days. 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, evaluating, persuading, leading, deciding, trusting, disagreeing, and scheduling, to map cultural differences She position each country on the scales for visual comparison This systematic method and the abundant real life examples together made the book very easy to follow The book mainly targets business managers leading multi cultural teams I think some of the examples and conclusions are also enlightening to an everyday reader enjoying international travel and curious about different cultures.Being an immigrant from China who lives and works in the U.S, I experienced a number of aha moments in the book Remember when my very first U.S boss told someone I was her life saver after I finished , to myself, a trivial task, I felt being put on the spot People in America do ten to over use words like excellent and thrilled chapter 2 , which strikes people from some other cultures as fake and insincere Indeed It took me a while to recalibrate and adapt., Luckily for me, Americans and Chinese are both confrontation averse chapter 7.Putting accounting standard in the cultural context as Meyer described in chapter 3 Why versus How, I came to a realization why IFRS is principle based, and U.S GAAP is rule application based.That said, I had my reservations in seeing America and China as single cultures Meyer did include some qualifiers regarding to this point, however with only moderate conviction For example, she pegged American leadership approach as egalitarian chapter 4 , but to me the financial and public sectors are leaning toward hierarchical As Chinese major cities increasingly westernized, linear time chapter 8 has become of a norm in both corporate and social settings.There are plenty of funny moments I found myself chuckling from time to time Overall a wonderful read the best culture self help book I have read so far. 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 and the Netherlands fall almost always on the two opposite ends of each scale When it comes to communication, the scale goes between low context vs hight context cultures Anglophones and Dutch Germans are on one end, while Japanese are on the other end Arabs and Indians slightly lower context than Japanese, and French among other Latin cultures are in the middle High context read between the lines, looks for layers and hidden meanings They use irony and don t need to explicitly say just kidding after joking Brits are higher context compared to Americans, thus the latter seldom get the former s humour Low context cultures tend to have broader vocabulary in their languages And, I understand, high context ones use metaphors Low context culture tend to have stuff written while high context tend to express things verbally Thinking of Egyptian Arabic, we have just one word for leg and foot however we have different word for each in traditional Arabic, and maybe we move to a slightly lower context when we write, as we write in traditional Arabic most of the time When evaluation each other, Dutch are direct and low context, Americans Brits are indirect and while still having low context Israelis and Russians direct and high context Arabs indirect and high context The French stress on negative feedback and give positive feedback subtly, while Americans are just the opposite.I wouldn t go on and summarise all 8 aspects, of course I recommend you read the book, but let me mention some things I notices I used to think Germans and Dutch should be very similar in everything, especially after seeing them showing close to each other on many scales, then later on, I discovered that when it comes to leadership, the Dutch are egalitarian and the Germans and hierarchal.When I stumbled upon the term, egalitarian, I didn t know exactly its meaning, but since I know what the national motto of France libert , galit , fraternit means, I could easily deduct its meaning in English, then came the irony that the French are hierarchal than egalitarian.Imagine being in a queue, and the person in front of you is asking a teller a question that sparks a 30 minutes discussion, while you just have a 2 seconds question, should I go from this gate or that one In Egypt, it is understandable that you can interrupt their discussion to ask your question, and when I came to Europe, one of the shocking moments to me was that in linear time cultures, that s a big no no Similar to my initial perception of German and Dutch cultures, I also thought Israelis would be very similar to Arabs, in the end of the day, they all are Middle Easterns, till I read that people Israel, Germany, France and the Netherlands are confrontational while Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, Ghana and Peru avoid confrontation Arabs and Israelis are kinda similar on 50% of the scales here, and dissimilar on the other 50%.Societies may base their trust on relations, or be task oriented Societies with relationship oriented business attitude are most likely ones with weak legal systems, where relationships provide better safety nets than contracts In the end, I am not a big fan of the post modernist approach of seeing all cultures are equal, and considering any criticism to be a form of racism I see empirical evidences that some cultures are economically successful that the others, and I think it is good for individuals and societies to learn about those differences and learn to adapt to what is best. 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 stories end at the most interesting point, do not specify essential details, and serve just to act as a proof for the previous idea to give it credibility that it was lacking The Culture Map is a collection of interesting points on different cultures, but I wouldn t say that it is a best cross cultural book out there If you want fundamental research Hofstede If you want to work with a particular nation, try looking precisely at books relevant to that nation Nevertheless, this book is an interesting introduction to cross cultural management so if you are a novice in the field it might interest you. 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. 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, probably because of her lack of experience on that continent Each chapters covers a specific aspect of the business interaction Communication, persuasion, leadership, performance evaluation and negative feedback, decision making, trust, disagreement and scheduling We are given plenty of example to illustrate cultural misunderstandings and ways to deal with them Moreover, in each chapter there is a figure who show on a line, from one extreme to other, where each main country stands from a variable point of view For example, in terms of communication there are two extremes low context cultures and High Context ones In low context countries such as the US, Australia, people usually say what they think whereas in high context ones, China and Japan, people tend to only suggest between the lines the real meaning of what they are saying As I work almost exclusively with clients from outside Europe, the differences between what we consider normal business behavior and theirs are quite significant I recognized myself in many of the situations presented in the book and maybe I would have dealt better with some problems if I had read this book in advance I highly recommend this book, I find it extremely useful and enjoyable to consult from time to time. 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 effectiveness in dealing with them , the book definitely falls a bit short.However, the book, and Meyer s methodology is a great success at raising the reader s level of consciousness, and thus better able to perceive where an issue may arise Meyers sees eight scales as defining any specific culture s dimensions Communicating low context vs high context Evaluating direct negative feedback vs indirect negative feedback Persuading principles first vs applications first Leading egalitarian vs hierarchical Deciding consensual vs top down Trusting task based vs relationship based Disagreeing confrontational vs avoids confrontation Scheduling linear time vs flexible time Aside from the anthropological speak, the distinctions are easy to perceive But are they always evident Are they useful Fortunately, if you are like me, you don t have to answer the questions Just go for the gestalt Meyer provides anecdotes In fact, one could argue that the book is not much than a collection of anecdotes Read the anecdote Ask yourself what you would do Try to recall if you have ever been in a similar situation Repeat.For me that was a methodology that got me out the other side feeling that I had learned something of value and had also preserved most of my self esteem I will save those eight scales for another day.