Building Cultural Intelligence (CQ) - Nine Megaskills Pearson, 2008
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Building Cultural Intelligence is a must read for any course that emphasizes cultural awareness and understanding, human interaction, and cultural communication among diverse populations. This practical, engaging, and interactive text promotes critical thinking and skills development.
Bucher presents cultural intelligence as a skill we can learn, develop, and manage. He focuses on nine specific megaskills readers can use at work, home, and abroad to promote cross-cultural understanding. Each chapter offers a number of diverse learning aids, including self-assessments. Each megaskill supplies building blocks through specific competencies. These nine megaskills are:
- Understanding cultural identity
- Checking cultural lenses
- Global conciousness
- Shifting perspectives
- Intercultural communication
- Managing cross-cultural conflict
- Multicultural teaming
- Managing bias
- Understanding the dynamics of power
Research and theory are discussed throughout, specifically with regard to culture and its impact on who we are, how we view ourselves and others, and how we relate in a variety of ways. The relevance to employment and career goals, focus on critically important skills, and inclusiveness are all strengths of this text that will give students the edge in any environment.