CULTURAL DNA WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU LOOK AT THE WORLD
- Why are Americans so positive?
- Why is China a world leader in manufacturing and India in IT?
- Why do overseas firms often fail in the US?
- What are the emotional forces driving current events in the Middle East?
- Why are Scandinavian societies and businesses the most equal in the world?
- Why is there a Chinatown in most major cities?
The answers lie in the deep cultural DNA of these societies. Cultural DNA will take you on a psychological tour of the world to help you get under the skin and productively engage other cultures in our emerging multipolar world.
Presenting ground breaking original research and the latest evidence from neuroscience, behavioral genetics, psychology and beyond, the deepest instincts of eight key global cultures are dissected.
Each culture has attributes that developed over thousands of years to address unique environmental challenges. This DNA drumbeat reverberates through each society affecting everything, including its economic institutions, consumer psychology, organizational culture and the strengths and weaknesses of its leaders. And as globalization marches on, we can learn important lessons from the world′s distinct societies.
Savvy and informed leaders need to understand these forces if they are to make the right calls as they engage global cultures. If you want to succeed in global markets, develop diverse talents and tap into the real potential of people everywhere, read Cultural DNA.
The Psychology of the Eurozone Crisis x
We Are Not All the Same and That Is Good xiv
Unconscious Bias xvii
Greater Similarity and Difference at the Same Time xix
The Globalization Challenge for Business xxiii
Defining Cultural DNA xxv
A Word About the Evidence xxviii
Why Bother with Differences? xxxi
Chapter 1 America The Change Makers 1
Founder Effects 3
The Peopling of America 4
Embracing the New 17
Assimilation over Accommodation 20
Mammon: Tamed and Untamed 26
The Triumph of Functionality 32
Increasing Plurality 35
Looking Ahead 37
Chapter 2 Sub–Saharan Africa: Under Nature s Shadow 41
How Modern Humans Populated Africa 43
Nature s Crucible: The Forces Shaping Africa s Cultural DNA 45
Community and Beyond 51
Naturalness: Expressed and Denied 55
In the Moment 60
Metaphor, Analogy, and the Connectedness of Things 67
The Big Man and His Alter Ego 72
Looking Ahead 78
Chapter 3 India: Beyond This World 81
The Peopling of India 82
The Toba Event 83
The Forces That Have Shaped India s Cultural DNA 85
Individual Paths 95
Inner Directedness 100
Horizontal Stratification 104
Mathematics: The Art of the Hindus 110
Ritualistic Thinking 114
Looking Ahead 119
Chapter 4 The Middle East: Ambivalence and Uncertainty in the Modern Age 121
How Modern Humans Populated the Middle East 122
Deserts and Civilization: The Twin Drivers of Middle Eastern Cultural DNA 124
The Rules of Life 128
The Commercial Instinct 134
The Best Ideas in the World 138
The Honor Modesty System 143
The Other Sex 148
Concentric Circles of Belonging 151
Managing Contradictions and Tensions 153
Chapter 5 China: The Seekers of Harmony 157
The Peopling of China 159
The Forces That Shaped China s DNA 161
The Drive for Harmony 165
The Authoritarian Compact 173
Concrete and Practical Inventiveness 177
Fast Slow 181
Bounded Sociability and Empathy 185
The Art of Copying 189
Future Considerations 193
Chapter 6 Europe: The Equal Society 195
The Forces that have Shaped European Cultural DNA 196
Equality and Elitism 203
Bounded Individualism 212
Analyisis and Structured Planning 218
Reserved Sociability 222
The Diminishing Drive for Mastery 225
The Opportunities and Challenges for European Culture 231
Chapter 7 The Far Continents 235
Latin America The Ever–Changing Melting Pot 235
Australia: Mateship in a Far–Off Land 244
The book should be very useful to those responsible for international relations, but particularly to managers working in multi–national corporations. (The HR Director, April 2015)
"Bains steers an eclectic but carefully measured journey, in which he builds stepwise arguments, supported by anecdotal and empirical evidence from his own impressive global consulting history and wider sources." (The Marketeers, July 2015)"Sometimes cultural stereotypes Americans are positive, Africans are warm, Indians hate aggressive behavior can actually be useful in helping expats navigate an unfamiliar world. In his new book about cross–cultural communications, business psychologist Gurnek Bains says that it s a good idea to ′cherchez la difference,′so to speak." (The Wall Street Journal, May 2015)"In his new book, Cultural DNA: The Psychology of Globalization, Gurnek Bains discusses the soft skills required to engage leaders in a connected world." (Fortune, March 2015)"Gurnek Bains presents ground breaking original research and the latest evidence from neuroscience, behavioral genetics, psychology and history to enable people to understand, empathize with and engage people from other cultures in our increasingly connected world. He argues that much previous work in this area has just scratched the surface and examines the deepest instincts of eight key global cultures to help readers understand the psychological themes at play in regions such as the U.S., Latin America, Europe, China, India, the Middle East, Sub–Saharan Africa and Australia." (India CSR, May 2015)"To be a CEO today requires taking a global perspective with an understanding of the cultures of others.The position is that understanding those with whom we do business will make doing business easier and more pleasant. The danger of falsely stereotyping people in the attempt to understand them will be greatly diminished by reading this book." (Fin24, May 2015)"Bains steers an eclectic but carefully measured journey, in which he builds stepwise arguments, supported by anecdotal and empirical evidence from his own impressive consulting history and wider sources." (The Huffington Post, June 2015)"Authoritative and thoroughly–researched, Cultural DNA is a must–read book for anyone who is interested in, and asking deeper questions about, the origins of modern cultures." (Dialogue Review, June 2015)