I am always looking for resources for understanding and interpreting culture and cultures. Sometimes the resources come from anthropology or sociology; sometimes from comparative religions and worldviews. This article and the corresponding Cultural Map come from the world of business.
The Cultural Map explores eight factors specific to management and the business environment: 1) Communicating, 2) Evaluating, 3) Persuading, 4) Leading, 5) Deciding, 6) Trusting, 7) Disagreeing, and 8) Scheduling.
The same eight factors apply to other areas of cross-cultural relationships and work. In fact, I can see applications both for my international travel and for my ministry in a multi-ethnic, multi-national congregation here at home.
One area that I find myself praying about a lot that is not explicitly discussed in this article, is applying these eight management skills across the spectrum of age. I find that I lead and persuade differently than I do with seniors. Sometimes, I am able to read the map–sometimes, I am still learning to do so. The point is, I am glad to have another resource to draw from.