Global Dexterity: How to Adapt Your Behavior Across Cultures without Losing Yourself in the Process

Global Dexterity: How to Adapt Your Behavior Across Cultures without Losing Yourself in the Process

by Andy Molinsky


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I wrote this book because I believe that there is a serious gap in what has been written and communicated about cross-cultural management and what people actually struggle with on the ground.”—From the Introduction

What does it mean to be a global worker and a true “citizen of the world” today? It goes beyond merely acknowledging cultural differences. In reality, it means you are able to adapt your behavior to conform to new cultural contexts without losing your authentic self in the process. Not only is this difficult, it’s a frightening prospect for most people and something completely outside their comfort zone.

But managing and communicating with people from other cultures is an essential skill today. Most of us collaborate with teams across borders and cultures on a regular basis, whether we spend our time in the office or out on the road. What’s needed now is a critical new skill, something author Andy Molinsky calls global dexterity.

In this book Molinsky offers the tools needed to simultaneously adapt behavior to new cultural contexts while staying authentic and grounded in your own natural style. Based on more than a decade of research, teaching, and consulting with managers and executives around the world, this book reveals an approach to adapting while feeling comfortable—an essential skill that enables you to switch behaviors and overcome the emotional and psychological challenges of doing so.

From identifying and overcoming challenges to integrating what you learn into your everyday environment, Molinsky provides a guidebook—and mentoring—to raise your confidence and your profile. Practical, engaging, and refreshing, Global Dexterity will help you reach across cultures—and succeed in today’s global business environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422187272
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Andy Molinsky is an associate professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School. He specializes in cross-cultural interaction in business settings and has created a popular MBA course focused on cross-cultural adaptation. He has published widely on the topic of cultural adaptation; his work has been featured by a range of media outlets including the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, NPR, and Voice of America.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 Why Global Dexterity Matters

1 Introduction to Global Dexterity 5

2 Psychological Challenges of Developing Global Dexterity 23

Part 2 How to Develop Your Own Global Dexterity

3 Diagnose the New Cultural Code 47

4 Identify Your Own Challenges with the New Cultural Code 71

5 Overcome Challenges by Customizing Your Cultural Behavior 85

6 Integrate What You Have Learned Through Rehearsal and Evaluation 109

Part 3 Fine-Tuning Your Global Dexterity

7 Charting Your Progress over Time 129

8 Getting Others to Forgive Your Cultural Mistakes 139

9 Finding a Cultural Mentor 153

10 Choosing Whether or Not to Adapt Your Behavior 163

Conclusion: The Myth and Reality of Adapting Behavior across Cultures 173

Notes 183

Index 187

About the Author 199

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