A book review is usually filled with the blogger’s attitudes towards his/her latest read. They lay out an overview of their latest intellectual kill and allow the reader to taste of the good cuts, while discarding the waste. There seems to be a validation regarding book reviews when the reviewer is able to take the author down a few notches. Therefore, I might not be the blogger you are looking for. Regarding Livermore’s latest book, the Cultural Intelligence Difference, I found no waste. I consumed the whole thing.
Livermore has mastered the ability to explain CQ in terms that anyone can understand. As an academic and as a practitioner, I find no other writings regarding CQ that ring as clear and true to me on the market. He simply knows how to take the grand concept of CQ, with all of it’s workings, and present it in ways that all can partake.
I have said for some time now, that perhaps the greatest tool for improving one’s isocultural motives, is for them to increase their CQ. When we look at the 4 part make up of Livermore’s building blocks of CQ, it is easy to find meaning in other peoples culture’s and identities. This moves us beyond an academic exercise, and causes us to be willing to sacrifice our own cultures at times, to see the greater cause, people.
Perhaps it’s ironic, but in trying to build your own CQ, this being somewhat personal driven, the study of CQ will move you beyond taking the information for yourself and create in many the need to build others. This is the isocultural difference in Livermore. He builds others through his work with no need to retain his own identity.
The Cultural Intelligence Difference starts out by explaining the most market applicable research behind the concept of CQ. Livermore discounts no academic work on CQ, but highlights perhaps the most digestible information on the topic for his reader. Being practitioner, I find this extremely helpful.
Another huge difference in this book, is that this is perhaps the first book on the CQ market that offers a legitimate online self assessment for you to utilize. Having been tested for my CQ, this is perhaps one of the greatest gifts from this book. In looking at our own CQ, we quickly will find ourselves wanting to better our abilities, and not for ourselves entirely, but for those around us. Again, the is the isocultural difference.
Livermore continues to break down CQ. He follows hispractitioners review, with a chapter on each of the 4 parts of CQ. He spends equal time on each, but his insight on each I would say has increased since his last book, Leading with Cultural Intelligence, a must buy.
He presents the concepts of CQ Drive, CQ knowledge, CQ strategy and CQ action. While most spend the majority of their time on CQ knowledge, as this seems to be the sexist part of engaging with other cultures, Livermore is careful not to exploit the cultural difference’s in the world. He sacrifices his need for approval by creating a healthy look at the cultural difference’s studied, but pursues a greater good.
Finally, he tells a few stories of how CQ is making a difference. This is extremely helpful to me as a practitioner of CQ. He removes a lot of the work I need to do to translate the concepts into real world examples.
Overall, while I have completely loved all of Livermore’s books to date, perhaps he has set a new bar on excellence. The only part of this book I did not like was the end. Now, I’m hungry for another.