There is never enough time! How shall I react now?
- How can I as an executive or project manager with a busy schedule prepare myself in a pragmatic way for situations with people from other cultures?
- What should I know when I travel to other countries or meet international partners?
- What are the important relationships between leadership, management, cultural research and the personal behavior of individuals that I should be aware of?
- And how can I work out pragmatic solutions for myself under the constant time pressure of daily business?
In order to find answers to these and similar questions I have read a number of very helpful books over the past 20 years. Unfortunately, most of them only deal with specific topics. As a consequence many connections between them remained less than clear to me– just as the real reasons why some international management situations I participated in did not evolve the way I expected them to.
My book Interkulturelles Managenent - Pragmatische Konzepte und Werkzeuge (Intercultural Management - pragmatic concepts and tools) contains all those topics which I had desired to find in one book while working in senior management functions. It presents a holistic and pragmatic concept (including tools) to support you in challenging international or intercultural management situations.
My main objective in writing this book and in the selection of the topics was the development of the personal intercultural management skills of the reader in a pragmatic way. Important subjects are for example:
- The cultural orientation, world views, concepts and value systems of the individuals participating in a management situation
- Behavioral and communication preferences of individuals
- Preferences regarding the own leadership style as well as own expectations concerning the leadership style of others in intercultural settings
- Challenges in different phases of an intercultural management situation, e.g. throughout a project or in the course of a conflict.
Due to the uniqueness of intercultural management situations usually Dos and Don'ts are insufficient in order to develop and maintain trust between the parties involved.
Many practical examples from countries all over the world as well as from academic research complement the book and invite the reader to examine different perspectives.
Here you can order the book.