By Mijnd Huijser & Danaë Huijser
Cultural diversity enriches the business world as well as society. Yet, the cultural advantage does not always arise spontaneously. Twelve real-life cases show the bumpy road to better understanding culture’s ways.
The cases are presented by ten cross-cultural experts, whose daily work amounts to managing mindsets. Authors Mijnd Huijser and Danaë Huijser analyse each case, using the highly practical Model of Freedom to interpret cultural behaviour.
Professionals in the international arena, who are involved in change processes, personal growth, conflict resolution, recruitment, social integration or mergers and acquisitions, will benefit from the practitioners’ perspectives in this book.
– Engaging, inspiring and surprising. Enjoy! –
Dr. Ron Meyer, Professor Corporate Strategy, TiasNimbas Business School, Tilburg, the Netherlands
– This book presses the right button on many issues from which classic cross-cultural theory shies away. –
Dr. Jehad Al-Omari, Management Consultant in the Middle East –
– A must for all managers in a multinational environment. –
Dr. Günther Böllert, Manager Talent Solutions, West Europe 3M Corporation –
– Inciting readers to self-reflection and open mindedness. –
Remy Mols, Human Resources Manager, Shimano Europe Holding BV
The Cultural Advantage
By Mijnd Huijser
It is all too common for people in international groups to misunderstand each other, either in a spectacular fashion or, more often, a subtle way that impedes progress. With over 13 years of training international and intercultural groups, Mijnd Huijser has developed, tested and refined a powerful tool that helps overcome the obstacles inherent in global teams. While most of the experience comes from multinational organisations, the insights are applicable on a national level, an organisational level and even a small unit level when differing cultures cooperate. Mijnd’s Model of Freedom provides a visual and practical method for understanding oneself and others, converting tension to energy and leveraging the advantage of culture.
– The Cultural Advantage reads like a novel whilst exposing the reader to a robust and actionable methodology. Following a case study throughout the book was very useful in helping to integrate the knowledge learned with real-life experiences. Mijnd has brought all his passion and experience into this book. I will definitively recommend it to everybody dealing with global businesses. –
Philippe de Jongh, Capability Development Director, Global Supply Management, Unilever
– In The Cultural Advantage, Mijnd puts in writing what he has been teaching at 3M over the past 8 years. I just can’t see how people would be able to work successfully in a global environment without this kind of knowledge. His work has become a very important and integral part of our education and training concept. –
Reza Vaziri, Business Director Automotive Markets, 3M Europe and Middle East
By Mijnd Huijser
Are you acquainted with the situation that a colleague from a different unit or a different nationality, by no means a stupid person, repeatedly misunderstands you? Do you find it quite a challenge to deal with people that deviate from obviously rational procedures, that don’t abide by the prevailing norms?
Then you will surely appreciate the cultural model presented in this book. It is rooted in the experiences of professionals in the international arena, and delivers an ‘all season ticket’ to organisational and national cultures. Visualising cultural differences, the model has proven to trigger the process of sharpening Cultural Intelligence. It helps overcoming obstacles you encounter when working in an intercultural setting, and succeeds in increasing your effectiveness.
The Profit of Peace
By Karolien Bais & Mijnd Huijser
This book analyses cases of multinational corporations operating in conflict regions, and comes up with best practices. High level managers in ‘challenging’ countries, such as Afghanistan, Burma and Rwanda, provided exciting information on both practical and moral issues that occur when operating under extremely vulnerable circumstances.
Two vital elements emerged from the interviews. Firstly, the ability to manage cultural differences is a key factor for success. Without a keen sense of the differences in management styles, in perceptions of ethics and morality, and in the values behind political opinions, every peace effort is doomed to fail. Secondly, ethically correct decisions do not necessarily lead to ethically correct results.
With a foreword by Major-General Patrick Cammaert, Military Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.