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Cultural Chemistry: Simple Strategies for Bridging Cultural Gaps Paperback – July 22, 2016
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HOWEVER, there are subtle differences in the way people think about things, what meaning a symbol carries etc and these can potentially turn anyone insane because it is difficult to identify exactly what is going wrong; This is where a book such as Patti McCarthy's come in very handy.
I really liked this book for 3 reasons.
To begin with, the book is user friendly and accessible to any reader. The designs are playful, the language is clear and honest, and the stories can bring a smile to the face of anyone who has ever travelled abroad. Whether you are a seasoned traveller looking to perfect your cultural understanding, or a clueless individual taking your first steps in cross cultural environments, this book as something to offer you.
Moreover, I liked the balance between the anecdotal stories, the academic dissection and the self-help questions and answers. This book is neither an collection of anecdotes nor an academic dissertation nor a cross-cultural relations for dummies, it is an intelligent balance of all the above. All the elements appear and disappear timely on the page which makes this book both a pleasant AND an interesting read.
Finally, I liked the focus on professional environments. I have read cross cultural books before but never one specifically on corporate exchange. This is particularly appropriate to my current circumstances as I am considering a job in an international corporation abroad. Addittionaly, this book made me more likely to engage in cross cultural training in the future.
To all those who want to do or already have done business with people from cultures other than their own, Patti Mc Carthy provides lots of real life examples of how culture or better: unconscious cultural incompetence can cause heavy pitfalls. She does not only tell uncountable stories of her year-long experience as business woman, interculturalist and coach but takes the reader by the hand by showing ways and valuable strategies of how to overcome cultural differences. Her 4-R-approach is as easy to use as effective to prepare oneself for intercultural encounters or to „survive“ critical and totally unknown situations on the stage of global business. A must-read for all who deal with people from different cultures once in a time or everyday.
The book is written in a way that it is easy to read but does not lack of depth and scientific insights. I personally love the focus on ESL speakers that I haven't hardly found in other cross-cultural books before. After reading Cultural Chemistry I can only say, Thanks for this colorful collection of cross-cultural stories, the entertaining read and the complete overview about a topic that is becoming more and more important in nowadays times of global trade and business.