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An unvarnished, story-driven, practical guide to working across cultures. The book features real stories of companies going global, warts and all. Each is a fascinating object lesson the cultural realities and unexpected surprises of modern globalization. Readers will learn: Why up to 70 percent of international ventures fail due to cultural issues, and how to avoid becomi An unvarnished, story-driven, practical guide to working across cultures. The book features real stories of companies going global, warts and all. Each is a fascinating object lesson the cultural realities and unexpected surprises of modern globalization. Readers will learn: Why up to 70 percent of international ventures fail due to cultural issues, and how to avoid becoming a casualty How a leading American ticket sales and distribution company imploded in its China expansion How to navigate the invisible language of cultural misunderstandings Cross-cultural communications skills everyone in business needs to know The art and science of personality profiling and quick short-cuts to understanding people What outsourced call centers can teach us about the future of global communication How to find inspiration and innovation in the most unlikely of places


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An unvarnished, story-driven, practical guide to working across cultures. The book features real stories of companies going global, warts and all. Each is a fascinating object lesson the cultural realities and unexpected surprises of modern globalization. Readers will learn: Why up to 70 percent of international ventures fail due to cultural issues, and how to avoid becomi An unvarnished, story-driven, practical guide to working across cultures. The book features real stories of companies going global, warts and all. Each is a fascinating object lesson the cultural realities and unexpected surprises of modern globalization. Readers will learn: Why up to 70 percent of international ventures fail due to cultural issues, and how to avoid becoming a casualty How a leading American ticket sales and distribution company imploded in its China expansion How to navigate the invisible language of cultural misunderstandings Cross-cultural communications skills everyone in business needs to know The art and science of personality profiling and quick short-cuts to understanding people What outsourced call centers can teach us about the future of global communication How to find inspiration and innovation in the most unlikely of places

43 review for The Accidental Business Nomad: A Survival Guide for Working Across a Shrinking Planet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    This is an excellent book. GET IT! Although this book was written with a lean toward working in foreign countries, I found so many examples in the book of how I can apply what Kyle has learned and shared in his book with my own business dealings while being located here in the US. As our workforces become global, and our teams more diverse geographically, it will become increasingly common to have teams comprised of individuals hailing from a variety of locales and cultures. Understanding the ma This is an excellent book. GET IT! Although this book was written with a lean toward working in foreign countries, I found so many examples in the book of how I can apply what Kyle has learned and shared in his book with my own business dealings while being located here in the US. As our workforces become global, and our teams more diverse geographically, it will become increasingly common to have teams comprised of individuals hailing from a variety of locales and cultures. Understanding the many differences that can span diverse teams is more essential than ever. I have already been able to apply what Kyle has written when dealing with my staff, friends, and colleagues from several different countries and backgrounds, and the book has given me a fresh perspective to approach situations that I had previously viewed as blockers. The knowledge you can gain from the book can be put into your soft skills toolbox for a variety of applications, including call center management, software engineering team collaboration, remote team project management, and many others. Perhaps the thing that sets this book apart from others that may impart similar information is that Kyle imparts his knowledge not through a dry recitation of facts, but through humorous anecdotes, embarrassing gaffes, and examples of what works (and more entertainingly, what doesn't work!). You will find yourself laughing throughout but will also find yourself wanting to share what you read with others as you read it. I highly recommend The Accidental Business Nomad!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Attila

    Review: The stories were good, but I didn't find many new values in the book. It can be summed up as make sure to understand the culture and be nice to people. There were some additional thoughts about working and creating a great team. Not a long book, you can read it very fast, the summary at the end of every chapter is very helpful. (view spoiler)[ Main points: how to setup a business internationally cultures are different when you go into a new culture you don’t know what you are doing – do everyth Review: The stories were good, but I didn't find many new values in the book. It can be summed up as make sure to understand the culture and be nice to people. There were some additional thoughts about working and creating a great team. Not a long book, you can read it very fast, the summary at the end of every chapter is very helpful. (view spoiler)[ Main points: how to setup a business internationally cultures are different when you go into a new culture you don’t know what you are doing – do everything the same grow in a shrinking world question back to make sure you understand and make sure you are perceived by asking follow up questions know that you don’t know nothing localize, take the time to ask the locals about their market people work differently in other countries, try to adapt try to act as local people treat people as they want to be treated study the behavior and style of people to do this you need local people in your team try to make global teams work together by creating smaller groups Spreadsheets only tell part of any business story. – go to the ground and talk to people create processes that work in the local environment first is the relationship, second is the work in a team adapt a global mindset – see a situation from other perspectives (hide spoiler)]

  3. 4 out of 5

    Luke

    Having lived in the Far East for 11 years now and been a member of a Asian trading desk since I was about 19 this book didn’t come as a surprise to me, the “norm” of how things get done, and how they shouldn’t get done can be a bit of a surprise for the uninitiated. However, it doesn’t take that much to turn things around, an open mind, as the author clearly has in this book (sometimes a very open mind) can put you on the road to success in Asia. It’s amazing how the west, even today, has no ide Having lived in the Far East for 11 years now and been a member of a Asian trading desk since I was about 19 this book didn’t come as a surprise to me, the “norm” of how things get done, and how they shouldn’t get done can be a bit of a surprise for the uninitiated. However, it doesn’t take that much to turn things around, an open mind, as the author clearly has in this book (sometimes a very open mind) can put you on the road to success in Asia. It’s amazing how the west, even today, has no idea how it works out there, business wise, geographically etc. After the Tohoku earthquake a very dear friend of mine sent me a msg to make sure I was ok. I live in Singapore, about as close to the earthquake as London is to New York. I like the stories in this book, you don’t necessarily have to like the people, they can be extreme, but they are the ones that have left their homes to travel far and experiment, but listen to them, they are succeeding. They are willing to try new things, and not just “slap a dragon on it”.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tiarnan

    Excellent and timely guide for anyone working across borders and cultures. The narrative is a collection of personal stories interwoven as they describe a learning process of self-development and awareness. Written with great observational, wry humor and self-deprecation, the book does not carry the typical preaching of business non-fiction. It's light yet concise, with plenty of content that I flew through in a few days. Many of the stories and lessons resonated with me as I have aspired and st Excellent and timely guide for anyone working across borders and cultures. The narrative is a collection of personal stories interwoven as they describe a learning process of self-development and awareness. Written with great observational, wry humor and self-deprecation, the book does not carry the typical preaching of business non-fiction. It's light yet concise, with plenty of content that I flew through in a few days. Many of the stories and lessons resonated with me as I have aspired and struggles to build a career in Asia as a Westerner. Although this is the perspective the book is written from, the handy lessons at the end of chapters are timeless and applicable to anyone.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Darya

    Truly fantastic book on practical experience in building international teams with the focus on Asia. I have enjoyed reading. Building a team is a tough task from my own experience. Building a team that consists of members from different cultures is twice more complicated (especially if they are remote!) I have learnt how to leverage cultural differences, how to build teams and profile candidates for the job, how to learn about oneself and adopt to different reality. Being an expat myself, I have Truly fantastic book on practical experience in building international teams with the focus on Asia. I have enjoyed reading. Building a team is a tough task from my own experience. Building a team that consists of members from different cultures is twice more complicated (especially if they are remote!) I have learnt how to leverage cultural differences, how to build teams and profile candidates for the job, how to learn about oneself and adopt to different reality. Being an expat myself, I have learned all this a tough way and this book shows that all of us are going through transformation. The world is going to globalization and even without leaving your own country you will have to adapt global mindset.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Giuseppe Lombardo

    If you are in business & dealing with people, this is a must read ! Realistic & pragmatic for those in the global business arena - it is a tough game out there and getting tougher with the many new challenges ! A very useful guide or refresher to some global & local realities.

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