The Culture Map
In the final pages author Erin Meyer says at a deep level we humans are the same species, driven by common needs and motivations. But also as individuals we are all different.
The challenge for leaders is to understand whether differences in their teams are down to personality, character, or culture.
Meyer hones cultural misunderstandings down to eight scales: communicating, evaluating, persuading, leading, deciding, trusting, disagreeing and scheduling.
Each has a chapter devoted to it with real life examples, clear strategies for managing discord, helping people value differences, and develop coping mechanisms that work for them.
Meyer’s experience is that working relationships significantly improve when people understand the similarities and differences between cultures – her culture map is a visual model of this.
How can this help you? Buy and read the book, plot your team members cultures, share and discuss with your team.