Skip to content

What I’m reading

  • When a Billion Chinese Jump

By Jonathan Watts, 2010

The book on China that we all have to read. – I.O.


  • What is Global Leadership?
    10 Key Behaviours that Define Great Global Leaders.

By Ernest Gundling, Terry Hogan and Karen Cvitkovich, 2011.

  • The Geography of Thought.   How Asians and Westerners Think Differently and Why.

By Richard E. Nisbett.

The results of Nisbett’s–cross-cultural -research had him revise his universalist beliefs, that all human groups perceive and reason in the same way. His research showed that “two utterly different approaches to the world – very different systems of perception and thought – exist and have maintained themselves for thousands of years”.

  • Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life

By Richard Stengel.

Richard Stengel distilled 12 Lessons on life and leadership based on the life and work of Nelson Mandela for us.  I know, it’s been said a lot, but I found it truly inspiring!

  • China Witness: Voices of a Silent Generation

By Xinran, 2008

Xinran set out to preserve at least some of the stories of the generation that built up today’s People’s Republic of China – to pass on to their grandchildren as well as to Western readers.

I find it the most extraordinary compilation.  We, the reader have the privilege to ‘meet’ people from all sorts of backgrounds and every region, and to listen to their life stories.

  • Cultural Intelligence. Individual Interactions across Cultures

By P. Christopher Earley and Soon Angk, Stanford Business Books, 2003.

  • Cultural Intelligence

By P. Christopher Earley and Elaine Mosakowski in Harvard Business Review, October, 2004.

The authors introduce us to the conceptual framework of Cultural Intelligence (CI) – “an outsider’s seemingly natural ability to interpret someone’s unfamiliar and ambiguous gestures the way that person’s compatriots would”

  • The Brain That Changes Itself. Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science.

by Norman Doidge, M.D., Penguin Books, 2007

We’re guided through the new world of Neuroplasticity and learn  truely inspiring stories about the power of our minds and  our remarkably adaptable brains – including the “culturally modified brain”.

  • A Profile of the Interculturally Effective Person

by Thomas Vulpe, Daniel Kealey, David Protheroe and Doug Macdonald

Centre for Intercultural Learning, Canadian Foreign Service Institute, 2001.

  • Think Like Chinese

by Zhang Haihua and Geoff Baker, The Federation Press, 2008

Highly recommend it!!!

Learning from Dragons who are Learning from Us:

  • Developmental Lessons from China’s Global Companies

by Mary B. Teagarden and Dong Hong Cai

in: Organizational Dynamics, Vol. 38, No.1, pp. 73-81, 2009

  • Cultivating a Global Mindset

by Anil K. Gupta and Vijay Govindarajan

in: Acadamy of Management Executive, 2002, Vol.16, No.1

  • How China Transforms an Executive’s Mind

by Nandani Lynton and Kirsten Hogh Thogersen

in: Organizational Dynamics, Vol.35, No.2,pp. 170-181, 2006.

%d bloggers like this: