Erin Meyer

How can we navigate—and make the most of—complex cultural differences in the workplace?

Author of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business

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Erin Meyer | Author of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business
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In today’s business world, where teams are spread across the planet and most of our communication takes place virtually, how do we work effectively in the face of cross-cultural complexity? Erin Meyer, author of The Culture Map, INSEAD professor, winner of the 2015 Thinkers50 Radar Award, and named one of the top 30 HR influencers in the world by HR Magazine, explains how to dramatically increase business success by understanding—and making the best possible use of—cultural drivers. 

Erin Meyer is the author of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business and is a professor at INSEAD, one of the world’s leading international business schools. Her work focuses on how the world’s most successful global leaders navigate the complexities of cultural differences in a multi-cultural environment. Working in Africa, Europe, and the United States prompted Meyer’s study of the communication patterns and business systems of different parts of the world. Her framework allows international executives to pin-point their leadership preferences, and compare their methods to the management styles of other cultures. Meyer has taught thousands of executives from five continents to decode how cultural differences are impacting their work, and strategies for improving their international collaboration. She has published articles in Harvard Business Review, Singapore Business Times, and Forbes.com. Prior to winning the 2015 Radar Award, she was named one of the Thinkers50 top business thinkers of the year.

Speech Topics

Business Strategy
The Culture Map Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business

As today’s business world becomes ever-more global and virtual, executives and managers are expected to work harmoniously together with counterparts from a broad array of cultures and backgrounds, often without leaving their desks. But when you throw people together who come from starkly different backgrounds and cultures, the result can sometimes be disastrous. In this talk, Erin Meyer offers a highly practical and timely perspective on one of today’s most pressing business issues: how do different cultures influence the way to do business when working globally? Even those who are culturally informed, travel extensively, and have lived abroad often have few strategies for dealing with the cross-cultural complexity that affects their team’s day-to-day effectiveness. Meyer provides a new way forward with vital insights for working effectively and sensitively with one’s counterparts in the new global marketplace. This talk will help you build a more cohesive and successful team: one that will work together to bridge gaps, transform differences into assets, and ultimately grow your business.

 
Corporate Culture
Our Multicultural World How Decoding Cross-Cultural Complexity Makes Us More Sensitive and More Insightful
Globalization impacts all of us. Your son-in-law might be from Brazil, you’re on hold with a call center in India, and the new teacher of your Pilates class just moved over from China. Not to mention that with cousins studying abroad, children growing up across borders, and bilingual schools all the rage, your last family get-together looked a little like a mini-UN. Variety in cultural background adds richness and depth, but it also increases possibilities for misunderstanding and confusion. In this talk, Erin Meyer explores how people think, communicate, and get things done around the globe. She illuminates the ways people of different cultures diverge in many basic human activities, including making decisions, giving criticism, dealing with time management, and communicating emotions. Even those of us who travel extensively or have lived abroad often have few strategies for decoding the cross-cultural complexity that impacts day-to-day effectiveness. Meyer provides a new way forward with vital insights for operating competently and sensitively in a multicultural world.