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Table of Contents
Foreword
Philip Harris.......................................................................................................................... vii
Introduction—How to Use This Book
George Simons, Jonamay Lambert, and Selma Myers .......................................................... ix
Part I—Icebreakers
1. Coups and Faux Pas
George Simons................................................................................................................. 3
2. See Differences and Similarities
Ann Houston Kelley ......................................................................................................... 7
3. Where in the world do you come from?
Walt Hopkins.................................................................................................................... 11
4. Celebrations
Jonamay Lambert and Selma Myers................................................................................ 13
5. Identity
Steve Kulich ..................................................................................................................... 21
6. Insider–Outsider
Donna Stringer................................................................................................................. 27
7. Silent Interview
Donna Stringer................................................................................................................. 31
Part II—Culture—General Activities
A. Cultural Dynamics
8. Working in Unfamiliar Surroundings
Marianne Brandt.............................................................................................................. 39
9. Who am I? Who are you?
Eric Lynn.......................................................................................................................... 47
10. Response to Differences Scale
Dianne Hofner Saphiere .................................................................................................. 53
11. Cultural Awareness through Self-Reflection
Plamen Makariev............................................................................................................. 61
12. Building with Differences
Claire Halverson.............................................................................................................. 69
13. The Stereotype Gallery
Eric Lynn.......................................................................................................................... 79
14. In Other Worlds: An Intercultural Space Fantasy
George Simons................................................................................................................. 81
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B. Communication
15. Communication Continuum
Donna Stringer................................................................................................................. 97
16. Mixed Messages
Jonamay Lambert and Selma Myers................................................................................105
17. The Transcultural Communicator
George Simons and Walt Hopkins...................................................................................111
18. Forced Choices
Richard Friend.................................................................................................................129
19. Conducting the Intercultural Meeting
Gary Althen......................................................................................................................137
20. Networking across Cultures
Monika de Waal...............................................................................................................145
21. Where is my order?
Farid Elashmawi..............................................................................................................151
22. Describe and Draw: An Information Exchange Game
Suzanne Salimbene...........................................................................................................155
23. What is it? What is it for?
Heather Robinson ............................................................................................................161
C. Time
24. What time is it?
Jonamay Lambert and Selma Myers................................................................................167
25. Time and Space
Barbara Pirie...................................................................................................................177
26. Managing Time across Cultures
John Bing .........................................................................................................................181
Part III—Culture-Specific Activities
27. Global Management Skills
Farid Elashmawi..............................................................................................................191
28. Cross-Cultural Dialogues
Craig Storti ......................................................................................................................195
29. Identify Your Priority Values
Farid Elashmawi..............................................................................................................217
30. Germany, Britain, and the USA—Values and Behavior Patterns
Eric Lynn..........................................................................................................................221
31. Giving Gifts
Barbara Pachter ..............................................................................................................237
32. Doing Business in China
Celia Young......................................................................................................................243
33. Arguing Asparagus
George Simons.................................................................................................................249
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34. Japanese Business Protocol Quiz
Diana Rowland ................................................................................................................253
35. The “ma” Game
Dianne Hofner Saphiere ..................................................................................................259
36. Saudi Arabia Critical Incident
John Bing .........................................................................................................................263
Part IV—Language and Interpretation
37. Life in Another Language
Suzanne Salimbene...........................................................................................................271
38. PVC Magic
Heather Robinson ............................................................................................................277
39. Interpreting: Your Turn
Heather Robinson ............................................................................................................281
Part V—Leadership and Team Development
40. How do you trust?
Walt Hopkins and George Simons...................................................................................287
41. Rainbow Mission
Shizu Yamamoto...............................................................................................................289
42. “Of course I know what a TEAM is! Do you?”
Eric Lynn..........................................................................................................................299
43. Decisions, Decisions
Walt Hopkins....................................................................................................................301
44. My Most Frustrating Culture Clash
Farid Elashmawi..............................................................................................................303
45. Six Key Aspects of International Business Contact
Eric Lynn..........................................................................................................................305
46. Cultural Self-Awareness in Leadership Teams
Malati Shinazy .................................................................................................................321
47. Peer Supervision
Fredrik Fogelber..............................................................................................................325
Part VI—Expatriation and Acculturation
48. Expatriate Role Analysis
Gary Wederspahn ............................................................................................................331
49. The Cross-Cultural Forum
Werner Draegestein and Mackie Chase ..........................................................................339
50. Dimensions of Culture in Organizations
Muriel Lazar ....................................................................................................................349
Part VII—Editors and Contributors .......................................................................................357
Activity Locator .........................................................................................................................375

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