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Publisher's Summary

In Culture Map, renowned expert Erin Meyer offers highly practical and timely perspective on one of today's most pressing business issues: How do different cultures influence the way to do business when working globally. And she explains how to dramatically increase business success by improving one's ability to understand the cultural drivers of colleagues, clients, and suppliers from different countries. With the rapid increase in global call centers, outsourcing, supply chains, and project teams, cultural diversity touches almost everyone. Globalization has led to the rapid connection of internationally based employees from all levels of multinational companies.
The advent of information and communication technology means that work itself has globalized. Where once you might have been expected to collaborate with colleagues from one or two foreign territories, today many people are part of global networks connected with people scattered around the world. Yet most managers have little understanding of how local culture impacts global interaction. Even those who are culturally informed, travel extensively, and have lived abroad often have few strategies for dealing with the cross-cultural complexity that affects their team's day-to-day effectiveness. Culture Map provides a new way forward, with vital insights for working effectively and sensitively with one's counterparts in the new global marketplace.
©2014 Erin Meyer (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Although we live in an increasingly digitally connected and virtual business world, this book reminds us that understanding cultural differences in human interactions still matters. Global leaders know that blending cultural and individual diversity in teams is a sure recipe for better business outcomes. But this diversity needs to be first understood and then proactively managed. Meyer presents a brave, research-based, analysis of how to do just that. With clear and practical frameworks, The Culture Map will help business leaders become 'cultural bridge builders' to the benefit of their teams and organizations." (Dr. Didier CL Bonnet, Global Head of Practices, Capgemini Consulting)
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By Amazon Customer on 03-20-15

Please Re-record This Without Accents

What did you love best about The Culture Map?

This book is extremely useful for people who travel or work internationally (regardless of where you call home.) There are many "aha" insights.

What did you like best about this story?

Although I generally have a mistrust of anything attempting to legitimize cultural stereotypes, this particular book and the research on which it is based are useful in part because they help explain some cultural stereotypes and why, in some settings, those stereotypes might be a valid point from which to begin understanding behavior.

How could the performance have been better?

The performer, who I've admired on other audiobooks, nearly ruins this book by attempting to impose stereotyped accents on people being quoted. It moves from comical to offensive to infuriating. Likely, it was the producer's choice not the performer's; but it doesn't matter -- the audiobook is nearly unlistenable and only the highly interesting content made it possible for me to make it all the way to the end.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Turn down the sound and read the subtitles.

Any additional comments?

If there is any way to have the same performer re-read this book without accents, please do it.

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By GK on 06-02-14

Terrible accents by Narrator--shameful!

What disappointed you about The Culture Map?

This book has excellent content but the narration was simply atrocious. The narrator tries to provide accents to various quotes and they are ridiculous. If you cannot do the accent correctly, you should avoid it. To try and be so far off is to be insulting. It sounds as if she is "making fun" of people's accents. The Spanish accent and the Indian accent and the Danish accent sound the same. She can't even get the British accent correct.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

NO ACCENTS

Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Saltus’s performances?

No, never.

Any additional comments?

I will recommend that people read this book in print. Avoid the audiobook completely. It comes off racist, demeaning and insulting to those with accents.

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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