Global Dexterity Analysis

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A Balance of Cultures and Yourself At the beginning of his book, Global Dexterity, Molinsky Molinsky gives the tough situation that Eric Rivers, who had been an experienced and successful manager in the U.S., was confronted with in an Indian company due to cultural inadaptation. The vivid example then is followed by the concept of global dexterity and its importance. Afterwards, he lists 4 key steps of developing your own global dexterity. The rest chapters enumerate some helpful tips when adapting your behavior to new cultures. Finally, Molinsky concludes 5 takeaways to show the difference between the business world reality and conventional wisdom. He raises Eric’s example again to explain how Eric’s plight could be defused by the views and…show more content…
There are still other dimensions, but these are basically most crucial factors for this process. The latter half of step1 is to identify your own challenges with the new cultural code. Everyone has his or her individual problems when facing even an identical dilemma, so it is necessary to assess how your personal comfort zone suits the new culture. It requires you to understand both the new culture and yourself well. Once aware of the culture code and the zones of appropriateness, the question is how can you stretch your comfort zone to overlap with the appropriateness zone of the other’s cultural code. That is, the step 2: to overcome challenges by customizing your cultural behavior. It contains a start with slightly adjustments and changes of thought patterns. The 3rd step is to integrate what you have learned through rehearsal and evaluation. It suggests you to practice in a real situation. Notice you should take lower-risk cases to test your newly-changes to avoid unexpected consequences. The author takes acting as an analogy here to describe the developing procedure: learning the culture code resembles reading a script, and you need to put yourself into a certain scenario; then comes the rehearsal, where you try out how the behavior fits and how you are feeling during the action, and slightly adjust your…show more content…
The first tip is to chart success over time, which indicates asking questions to yourself and making assessment of your behavior. By charting success over time you can make adjustments much easier according to the unsatisfying results, and may also gain some sense of achievement. The second tip is some advice on how to get others to forgive your cultural mistakes, and the third one is to find a cultural mentor. These 2 pieces interest me most so I will discuss them later in the following
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