Introducing Story-Strategic Methods: Twelve Steps toward Effective Engagement
By Robert Strauss
Wipf and Stock Publishers
March 17, 2017
On March 17, 2017, Wipf and Stock Publishers released the new book, Introducing Story-Strategic Methods, written by Robert Strauss, the President of Worldview Resource Group and Owner of Global Perspectives Consulting. The book asserts that culture matters in effective communication. Culture is more influential than we first imagine. Understanding and skills are required to work across cultures. The book explores steps toward effective engagement.
The purpose of Introducing Story-Strategic Methods is to awaken us in the cross-cultural context. Our natural tendency is to be asleep to our own cultural values and core worldview assumptions. This tendency applies as well to our expectations in the cross-cultural context. For example, in what ways would a “justice” pattern of culture orient our speech and behavior? To what degree is a “justice” pattern of culture different from an “honor” pattern of culture? The book asserts that culture matters in effective communication. The book affirms rigorously that culture is much more powerful than we first suppose. Therefore, understanding and skills are required for effective engagement across cultures. Strategic storytelling is a twelve-step methodology that addresses the problems of miscommunication and syncretism that plague the cross-cultural context. It offers a step-by-step solution that promises success. Insights are grounded in empirical research from the social sciences. The stories told throughout the book are true. The answers are compelling.
Robert Strauss (1955– ) is Owner of Global Perspectives Consulting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. GPC clients excel in complex global marketplaces through the acquisition of cultural competence. He is Lead Faculty of Program Development and Evaluation and Research Methods in the College of Business and Economics at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Also, he is President of Worldview Resource Group, a not-for-profit organization that equips cross-cultural workers in a story-based worldview approach to cross-cultural communication. WRG works with agencies located in India, Southeast Asia, North Africa, Western Canada, Mexico, and all of Ibero-America. Robert is a member of the International Academy for Intercultural Research. He and his wife live in Denver.
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