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Cultural Chemistry: Simple Strategies for Bridging Cultural Gaps Paperback – 22 July 2016

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The combination of anecdotes, explanations and the author's 4R's coaching model make this book an ideal introduction for those who would like to be more confident of their success in social or commercial endeavours of an international nature.

Richard D.Lewis, cross-cultural consultant and author of When Cultures Collide

A great little introductory guide to the challenges of working across cultures. The book is down-to-earth, approachable, and packed with memorable stories and anecdotes. I really enjoyed reading it!

Professor Andy Molinsky, author of Global Dexterity and creator of the Global Dexterity Train the Trainer Program

We notice only a tiny fraction of what is in front us and our mind reconstructs a complete picture based on our own previous experiences, values and beliefs we are not even aware of. This book is an amazing tool to raise self-awareness in order to connect with others, too. It is easy to understand, practical and fun to read!

Csaba Toth, founder of ICQ Global, author of Uncommon Sense in

Unusual Times and developer of Global DISC

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Patti McCarthy is a 3CK (third-culture kid) who has lived and worked on five different continents. Through her business, Cultural Chemistry, she provides coaching and training to organisations wishing to embrace the opportunities which cultural diversity provides. She is also a regular media commentator and public speaker on the impact of cultural differences on everything from business expansion to childcare. She lives with her husband, her two dogs and her three children, who were all born in different countries. She now lives in Oxford.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cultural Chemistry (22 July 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 248 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0994644108
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0994644107
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 1.32 x 21.59 cm
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By the age of 9 I could name ten different flavours of ice cream in four different languages. I had started learning about cultural differences at the age of eight, when I moved from England to Belgium and began to make friends with the international kids in my neighborhood. Since then, I have always been someone who will try to communicate - even if only in the language of ice cream - and what I've learnt is that even if you make loads of mistakes, people really appreciate that you are trying!

What I see in business relationships, however, is not only that people are failing to communicate, but often they are not even trying. In the last ten years I have worked with hundreds of expatriates and business travelers, helping them to communicate across cultures and I've seen the same two issues crop up again and again. One is that people don't anticipate difference; for some strange reason, they go to a completely different country yet still expect 'business as usual'. The other issue is that when, inevitably, they encounter differences, they don't have any strategies for dealing with them. Those were two compelling reasons to write a book.

I've lived in six different countries over the years; England, Belgium, the USA, Botswana, Singapore and Australia. I've been an expat brat, a hysterical teenager, a 'trailing spouse' and a businesswoman - and my three children were born on three different continents!

I'm trained as a life coach and as a cross-cultural trainer and I find this combination very valuable. Outsiders may see the expat life as all champagne and parties, but I know it can be challenging, worrying and a very lonely place too, so I really enjoy helping my clients to fast-track the difficult bits!

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By Helen Ellis on 13 September 2021
I am a New Zealand Distance Grandparent and Distance Parent. All four children have married someone from another country. We might all speak English but there ARE differences in the way we think. Don't be fooled that Patti's book is only for the business world. SO much applies to families also. There is no stone left unturned. Anyone living with or needing to blend with other nationalities would find this incredibly useful and quite honestly we need to read it once a year as a memory jogger.
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