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Erin Meyer

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

INSEAD Professor | Author of The Culture Map and No Rules Rules

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Erin Meyer | INSEAD Professor | Author of The Culture Map and No Rules Rules
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Erin Meyer is a leading expert on cross-cultural management and international collaboration. A professor at INSEAD, Meyer was named one of the most impactful business writers in the world by Thinkers50. Her landmark book The Culture Map shows business leaders how to navigate cross-cultural complexity in global organizations, while her upcoming release No Rules Rules—written alongside Netflix cofounder Reed Hastings—dives into the winning culture behind one of the largest, and most successful companies. Charismatic, savvy, and whip-smart, Meyer’s talks teach us the secret to effectively working together in a global marketplace.

“Meyer's work is characterized by a fresh and relevant voice, distilling down the essentials of communicating, persuading and working effectively around the globe.”

The Huffington Post

In her upcoming book No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention (Penguin Random House, May 2020), INSEAD professor Erin Meyer joins forces with Netflix cofounder Reed Hastings to examine the generally unorthodox, borderline counter-intuitive culture behind one of the world’s most innovative companies—and why it works. Combining Meyer’s influential business know-how with stories from Netflix employees around the world, and the trials and triumphs throughout Hasting’s own career, No Rules Rules ultimately reveals the never-before-told story about a truly unique, boundary-pushing organization.

 

Meyer’s previous book, The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business, provides a field-tested model for decoding how cultural differences impact international business. 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—at organizations like the World Bank, United Nations, Twitter, and Johnson & Johnson— strategies for improving their international collaboration.

 

Meyer has published articles in Singapore Business Times, Forbes, and the Harvard Business Review, where her article “Getting to Si, Ja, Oui, Hai, and Da,” was the most published piece of the year. She has also been interviewed on CNN, Bloomberg TV, the BBC, and NPR. Meyer was named one of the top 30 HR professionals in the world by HR Magazine. Her case, “Leading Across Cultures at Michelin,” won the ECCH award for best human resources management case of the year. Prior to winning the Radar Award, Meyer was named one of the top business thinkers of the year by Thinkers50, the premier ranking of the best and brightest management thinkers around the world—a list she remains on to this day. Previously, Meyer  served as Director of Training and Development at HBOC and a Director of Business Operations at McKesson Corporation.

Speech Topics

Strategy
The Culture Map Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business
The global, virtual nature of business today has created a demand for executives and managers to work across a broad range of cultures and backgrounds. Unfortunately, throwing a mix of culturally-diverse employees together, and expecting them to work harmoniously, can often have an adverse effect. In this talk, Erin Meyer outlines her highly practical framework to solve one of the world’s most pervasive business issues. She expertly navigates through cross-cultural complexities to improve the effectiveness of day-to-day teamwork and increase international collaboration. Timely, relevant, and pragmatic, this talk illustrates the new way of business in a global marketplace. Even those who have traveled extensively, and consider themselves culturally informed, will benefit from this eye-opening talk that looks to the subtler, often overlooked points of achieving social cohesion.
 
Corporate Culture
Our Multicultural World How Decoding Cross-Cultural Complexity Makes Us More Sensitive and More Insightful
Globalization has changed the game on a personal and professional level. We’re interacting with people from different countries and backgrounds on a day-to-day basis, offering a cultural variety that adds richness and depth to our social mosaic. However, as enriching as diversity is, it also increases the risk for confusion, misunderstanding, and discord. In this talk, Erin Meyer decodes the different ways people live, think, and communicate with each other across the globe. She covers crucial differences in business practices such as offering feedback, implementing time management, making decisions, and communicating emotions. With grace and sensitivity, Meyer encourages us all to dive deeper into the inner workings of our multicultural world—learning to live and work together better.