Dancing Between Culturesby Tina Stoltzfus Horst
280 pages, softcover
Coaching cross culturally has its challenges, and learning to adapt your coaching to cultural diversity is so important! Dancing between Cultures is written by a master coach with years of cross cultural experience and is loaded with stories, tips and real life situations designed to help you implement practical faith-based strategies for culturally intelligent coaching. This is an essential guidebook on your journey to transformational conversations across cultures. 280 pages. $19.99 $17.99 On Sale! You Save 17.99 19.99
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Dancing Between Cultures - Detailsby Tina Stoltzfus Horst
Coaching cross culturally has its challenges, and learning to adapt your coaching to cultural diversity is so important! Dancing between Cultures is written by a master coach with years of cross cultural experience and is loaded with stories, tips and real life situations designed to help you implement practical faith-based strategies for culturally intelligent coaching. This is an essential guidebook on your journey to transformational conversations across cultures. 280 pages.
Coach across cultures
Work or live in other cultures
Are involved in cross-cultural teams or leadership
After spending a decade learning to adapt the coaching paradigm successfully in cross-cultural contexts Tina Stoltzfus Horst, the founder of Coaching Missions International, has produced a thoughtful and practical guidebook designed to help readers grown in their cultural intelligence (CQ). In this era of globalization we needed this Christian perspective!
Using the analogy of an iceberg, the author explains how external behaviors and customs easily seen and experienced through our senses, appear above the water line of life. But nine-tenths of an iceberg is hidden underwater where norms, values and beliefs reside. An extensive portion of this book is devoted to explaining those at opposite ends of the values spectrum such as a crisis verses a non-crisis culture.
After laying a solid foundation for basic Christian cross-cultural coaching, section two of the book gives a systematic compare and contrast for the eleven value set continuums. There is a dedicated chapter for each value set making Dancing Between Cultures a handy reference resource.
“Take a Minute” sections offer open ended questions. They are interspersed throughout, enabling readers to reinforce the concepts. Here is an example of one of those:
Based on what you have just learned about Concealment and Vulnerability values, how do you expect that a client of each value would approach a car accident or a
team failure? Parenting?
These questions definitely would work in a peer study, a small group setting, or for a multi-cultural training experience.
Who doesn’t love a story? Tina’s book is jam-packed with stories contributed by multiple Christian coaches working cross-culturally. They share real life exchanges that explain things like why a coach must at times adjust expectations with goal setting based on a client’s cultural values.
The minor challenges for me with this book are more cosmetic, the size of the font and the hard to read page numbers. A few of the value sets may immediately seem familiar if you’ve studied personality assessments like DiSC or the Meyer’s Briggs temperament indicator. Stoltzfus Horst has compiled a handy Cross Cultural Values Chart found in the book appendix. These speak to how various cultures approach problems, what they find acceptable, right, good and just! This is a book to experience! Absorbing and applying this book will heighten your awareness and sensitivity to significant value differences whether in your family, your volunteer work or as a coach.