Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses, David Livermore
  • Narrated by Professor David Livermore
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Taught by an international adviser to leaders of Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and governments, this eye-opening course reveals how you can actively improve your cultural intelligence in an increasingly globalized world.
Based on groundbreaking research, these 24 lectures address dynamics and customs related to working, socializing, dining, marriage and family - all the areas necessary to help you function with a greater level of respect and effectiveness wherever you go. You'll also encounter practical tips and crucial context for greeting, interacting with, and even managing people from other parts of the world.
In the first half, you'll analyze 10 cultural value dimensions that researchers have identified as helpful for comparing cultures; and you'll see how these "archetypes" play out in day-to-day lives. In the second half, you'll look at 10 cultural clusters around the world that - when combined with your understanding of the 10 cultural dimensions - provide strategic insight into how to be more effective as you live, work, and travel in our globalized world.
Why do people from certain cultures have little regard for time? Why might working overtime reflect poorly on you in Scandinavia? Why should you avoid using your left hand when interacting with someone from the Arab world? You'll find out the answers to these and other intriguing questions in Customs of the World.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Comprehensive and logical construction

Would you listen to Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are again? Why?

Yes. It has such a comprehensive presentation of the subject that it is necessary to listen again to digest every morsel of information.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, too much to take in at one go. Better to disect it into maneagable chunks.


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- Jim H.

Very good

I've always been a bit on the smug side about my cultural awareness, having been very fortunate to travel a lot since childhood, and work in many different countries since, but I found these lectures very interesting with a good framework behind them. Well presented too, highly recommended!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses