Bamboo Strong is not a book about leadership theory or philosophy, although it is backed up by proven scholarly research. It is about leadership in action.
We are living in an age when our
workgroups are more diverse than ever before, and there is an increasing need for flexible
global leadership across borders and cultures. This book focuses on you, on what you can do to develop and
adapt your behavior for all cross-cultural situations.
It provides guidance, insights, and personal examples
to motivate, inspire, and reward you by taking specific actions to develop your cultural
intelligence. However, this is not a
book you can skim through hoping to pick up a few pointers. The perspectives it
offers are incremental; the vision it presents grows broader and deeper the
more you read.
David shows us that to become successful Bamboo Leaders
we must develop both resilience and flexibility, just like the bamboo bends
with the wind but is rooted in strength. Transformation is achieved through
daily practice, discipline, and above all by embracing
diversity in our daily
actions without losing our authenticity.
The book’s theme resonates strongly with me. Cross-cultural confidence sophistication are fast becoming life skills that global CEOs and their senior teams neglect at their peril. Even organizations that don’t operate internationally can benefit from a culturally intelligent strategy for diverse workforces, generations, geographies, and functions. If you want to succeed in the global marketplace, and to lead more effective, high-performing teams at home, this is the book for you. – Marshall Goldsmith,#1 Leadership Thinker in the World