Summary of The Mindful International Manager

How to work effectively across cultures

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The Mindful International Manager book summary
It’s a small world, but international executives must learn to manage the big differences within it.

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Globalization and technology are making a small world even smaller. Yet cultural differences still exist. International managers have to recognize those distinctions and harness them to get the most out of their global employees. Consultant Jeremy Comfort and professor Peter Franklin provide basic pointers on how to become “mindful” of aspects of culture that, if ignored, could derail your business. The authors practice what they preach: Their plainly written guide is free of jargon and accessible to non-native English speakers, and it provides an essential overview of a complex, multifaceted subject. Seasoned international executives may find the book’s contents to be old news. Nonetheless, getAbstract recommends its concise and informative tips to frequent business travelers, expatriate employees, managers leading culturally diverse teams and anyone looking to get a better grip on doing business globally.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why understanding cultural differences among employees can lay the foundation for successful collaboration
  • How culturally derived behaviors affect work processes
  • How managers can work with those behaviors to achieve business goals
 

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Small World, Big Differences
Understanding the cultural differences among the people you work with is not enough; you also must use those differences to reach your business goals. The ability to move from awareness to performance requires “mindfulness.” Derived from Buddhist teachings, ...
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About the Authors

Jeremy Comfort founded York Associates, UK. Peter Franklin is a professor of international management at Konstanz University of Applied Sciences, Germany.


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