Erin Meyer’s The Culture Map

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a book review, but along with my New Year’s resolutions comes a renewed commitment to stick my nose in a novel more often. And so far, so good.

I’ve just put down Erin Meyer’s The Culture Map, and while I found it a bit of a slow start, it definitely provided some new perspectives on intercultural communication. As a New Zealander living in The Netherlands, I live and breathe the challenges that come with stepping outside of your own culture on a daily basis.

And yet, never before have I had such a concrete frame of reference with which to understand this. In The Culture Map, Meyer positions different cultures relative to one another on various scales and draws on current research as well as personal experience to decode these. This includes analysis on aspects such as: (more…)

Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B

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This blog was originally published on the Huffington Post here

Recently, I’ve experienced a bit of a setback. I broke both arms which, as a communications strategist, has been rather difficult. And to make matters a little more complicated, I had to undergo surgery to screw my wrist back into place. It’s a bit gory, so I’ll move swiftly on. 

The silver lining is that I’ve been forced to slow down. At times it’s felt like I’ve been forced to come to a complete stop, but that’s not true. I’ve been reading a lot and pouring over the words of those that inspire me, and, as a result, I’ve decided to start my own book club/blog where I can share (and for my own reference, archive) inspirational reads. 

In my mid-twenties I poured over Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg’s best-selling Lean In which encouraged me to challenge my sense of Imposter Syndrome, and, rather than waiting for opportunities, or invitations to express my point of view, create these myself. I also remember my shock when in 2015 I read Sheryl’s husband, Dave Goldberg CEO of SurveyMonkey, suddenly died while running on a treadmill, and I wondered how this was going to affect her. 


Earlier this year, Sheryl released her second book, the sequel she wasn’t planning for, Plan B – Facing Adversity, Building Resilience & Finding Joy, in which she addresses Dave’s death, and managing grief. The book is co-authored by Psychology Professor Adam Grant and I bought it some months ago during a bit of a bookshop binge while killing time in an airport. Although I’m currently struggling to write, I can still turn pages, so last week I sat down to give it a read. (more…)