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Acquire the Necessary Global Business Skills to Survive in the 21st Century

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 8:08 am EDT

In the workplace, every single action you take is vulnerable to tireless scrutiny and analysis. As companies become increasingly eager to enter the globalization scene, the danger of one little misstep is even more evident now than ever before; people often engage in cross-cultural business without having a full understanding of the culture they are dealing with, resulting in the forging of a relationship based on miscommunication and the potential to lead to unfavorable situations.

President of her own consulting firm specializing in ensuring that global organizations effectively utilize internationally-oriented talent, Paula Caligiuri recognizes that immersing oneself in a culture different from one’s own can be an intimidating challenge. It involves more than just learning the language of the culture; it also involves learning such intricacies as cultural customs, traditions, morals, and habits. This issue is precisely why she wrote Cultural Agility: Building a Pipeline of Successful Global Professionals (Jossey-Bass; 978-1-118-27507-8; August 2012; $36.95) – in order to help professionals obtain cultural agility: the ability to quickly, comfortably, and successfully work in cross-cultural environments.

In a handy step-by-step format, Caligiuri effectively provides guidance on how to best implement particular talent management practices to form a powerful and knowledgeable culturally-competent team of professionals. She delves into great detail about a range of topics, including:

  • The definition and importance of cultural agility
  • Cross-cultural competencies affecting the success of culturally agile professionals
  • How to build the foundation for cultural agility with cross-cultural training
  • How to craft developmental cross-cultural experiences to increase cultural agility
  • How to manage and lead to build cultural agility in the workforce

Cultural Agility is perfect for those working in HR management, development professionals, global executives, consultants, professors and students in graduate HRM, Strategic HR, International Business, and Career Management courses, and will certainly prepare them for a world that is expanding internationally at an exponentially rapid pace.

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