I can honestly say that when my husband recommended this audiobook lecture series, Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are
, I rolled my eyes, stating that it would be great to use to fall asleep at night. But, knowing I will soon be traveling overseas, I decided to give the lecture series a try. I am so glad that I did. If everyone had to read something like this in school, we might have a better understanding of everyone around us.
Did you know most businesses in Denmark are closed the entire month of July? How about that you should be punctual in Germany or you might be considered rude? When in China, if you are at someone's home and eat something unpalatable, you're best to eat it anyway. When in the Middle East, you may not want to offer your left hand to anyone, for anything. When in Africa, it is best to make small talk and ask about the health and well-being of one's family before jumping into talk about business. It's amazing how much smoother the world would work if we knew all these little nuances.
The author, Professor David Livermore
, has written nine books on the topics of cultural intelligence and global leadership. The lectures are divided into 30 minutes each, which I found to be just long enough to be informative, but not boring.