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Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World (Youth, Family, and Culture) Paperback – February 1, 2009
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"Written for anyone who is serious about ministry, this book explains why cultural intelligence is essential and what one must do to develop and employ it in the practice of ministry."--Sherwood Lingenfelter, author of Ministering Cross-Culturally
"In an era of drive-by short-term missions, selfish service projects, and ugly Americans, David Livermore brings reconstruction. He does not merely suggest cultural sensitivity; he helps us deconstruct and build something new--a pathway to cultural intelligence that can guide us to be citizens of the kingdom of God while being proactively engaged as neighbors in the world."--Mark Oestreicher, president, Youth Specialties
"Whether you are leading a short-term mission trip, doing local justice work, or simply want to more effectively love others, you are smart to read Cultural Intelligence. You are even smarter if you apply its profound insights to your life and ministry."--Kara E. Powell, executive director, Fuller Youth Institute, Fuller Theological Seminary
"In our increasingly interconnected, multicultural world, the need for cultural understanding has never been greater. Cultural Intelligence is an essential, foundational resource for anyone who desires to effectively interact across cultures. Read this book! It will enable you to understand your own culture and the lens through which you see all other cultures."--Paul Borthwick, author of How to Be a World-Class Christian
"Comprehensive and accessible, this book clearly details the cultural intelligence model for multicultural ministry. David Livermore has expanded the ideas of multiculturalism to include not only national cultures but also organizational and generational subcultures. He provides an ideal text and a valuable resource for building the core skills of cultural intelligence in individuals and organizations."--Soon Ang, executive director, Center for Leadership and Cultural Intelligence, Nanyang Business School, Singapore
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Having lived and worked as an overseas missionary, an international marketer in the corporate world and now as a missions pastor in the US, I can say that nothing is more important than understanding one's own culture as well as the culture of the group or people with whom you are engaging.
This book presents the tools to understand and improve on how we process seeing through the lens of others who are different than "us."
I especially felt the chapter on Attribution theory and the bounded and centered sets was excellent in showing that how we view salvation and church are influenced by our cultural worldviews. The chapter that speaks to "flexing and not flexing" reminds those going overseas as long-term missionaries of where to draw the line regarding understanding culture and going "native."
A great read that pushes the bounds and reminds us that what is best for the "Other" is sometimes not what we think.
Missions Pastor - KCC
and, livermore talks uses the term `cross cultural' very broadly, suggesting CQ when working with different age groups in our church, when working in different parts of our own country that have differing values, assumptions and norms, as well as when we interact with people in our own context from different racial and socio-economic backgrounds.
livermore takes us through the various aspects of developing a "cultural intelligence" (akin to IQ and the recently buzzy EQ - emotional intelligence). the uniqueness, he says, of CQ is that it can be learned (which is not true of IQ, and less true of EQ). so while this is an academic book, it's also a practical book that patiently reveals the process by which we can grow in our CQ (which, by the way, is way more than being culturally sensitive).
i got to read the book early, as i was asked for an endorsement. here's the "official" endorsement i wrote:
In an era of drive-by short term missions, selfish service projects, and ugly Americans, Dave Livermore brings reconstruction. He doesn't merely suggest cultural sensitivity; he helps us deconstruct and build something new - a pathway to cultural intelligence that can guide us be citizens of the Kingdom of God while being proactively engaged as neighbors in the world.
The greatest strengths of this book include the effectiveness of its structure, the emphasis it places on cross-cultural interactions within our own nation, and the connections to God it allows for. Divided into four sections based on the four types of cultural intelligence, the structure is easy to follow and promotes the creation of achievable, distinct goals for everyone. A huge takeaway from this book is the focus on the diversity of our own nation, for that is a reality that we need to consider when developing cultural intelligence. I appreciate the reference to God as the Holy Other, for that places our misunderstandings of those around us into a much needed perspective that God invites us to experience: Himself as incredibly, beautifully different from us. Yet, God reaches across the chasm of difference and makes every effort to meet us where we are.Read more ›
While our sorority house was known to be less conforming (some people called us the "zoo") than other more popular houses at the University of Nevada, Reno, we still had a sense of safety in our ability to toe the acceptable conformity line, most of the time.
And when we finally graduated, leaving college and the safety of sisterhood to enter the workforce, what we encountered was really not much different from the institution we just left. The workplace of that era was certainly not as diverse as today; it was not even close. Nearly all co-workers were of the same ethnicity as us (white, Germanic or Irish heritage) and we closely conformed to the accepted dress norms, if we wanted to keep our jobs. Actually, one of my friends was fired from a major pharmaceutical company because he wore loafers with tassles. No kidding.
Today, many of us work with colleagues and customers from around the globe, people who may dress, talk and behave much differently from our former, cookie-cutter sorority sisters and fraternity brothers. To succeed in today's world of business, author David Livermore believes we need cultural intelligence, or CQ. A consultant, Livermore came to this conclusion because he moved from Canada to New York when he was a child. However, he made regular trips back to visit relatives, remaining fascinated by Canada's culture - the different money and way of saying things, the foods and other significant things that keep Canadians being Canadians.Read more ›
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If you've traveled... you really don't need to read this. But it's good to know if you're new to the cultural game. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ReviewIt
David Livermore is a very knowledgeable and experienced advocator in cross-cultural interactions, and he synthesizes the aspects of cultural intelligence very well in this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by brianna
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As an undergraduate student studying Vocational Ministry at Pepperdine University, I’m grateful I’m required to take a course that stretches my assumptions of multi-ethnic... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was required reading for my undergraduate religion course “Multiethnic Ministry and Cross-Cultural Mission”. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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