The New Nomad
The New Nomad
Jul 12, 2021
Global Dexterity and Reach: Step Out of Comfort Zones With Andy Molinsky | TNN12
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Would you willingly step out of your comfort zone? Staying inside our “comfort zone” can make us feel safe and in control, but is it truly the best thing for us? Being in the Zoom existence that Covid-19 brought, it’s easier to just stay where you are comfortable and not challenged. There are some people who help others develop the insights and courage necessary to act outside their personal and cultural comfort zones. Andy Molinsky, a Professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School, is one of them. 

In this episode of The New Nomad, Andy joins Andrew Jernigan and Allen Koski for another knowledge-filled episode about being comfortable outside your cultural comfort zone. They also shared their experiences in being out of their own comfort bubble and the good and not so good things they got from it. This episode teaches people how to adapt and adjust their behavior in a new culture - an interesting episode that brings light to cultural flexibility necessary in this digital day and age.

[2:52] Working out your resilience

[10:16] Creating trust and intimacy, virtually

[12:16] Embracing the uncomfortable: conviction, customization, and clarity

[18:59] Accepting our differences

[20:22] Not everything about culture matters

[25:49] Passing our stories to the next generation


Andy Molinsky is a Professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology.  Andy received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Affairs from Brown University.  Andy’s work helps people develop the insights and courage necessary to act outside their personal and cultural comfort zones when doing important, but challenging, tasks in work and life. His research and writing has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Inc. Magazine, Psychology Today, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, NPR and Voice of America. Andy was awarded as a Top Voice for LinkedIn for his work in education. 

His first book, Global Dexterity (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013), received the Axiom Award (Silver Medal) for Best Business Book in International Business & Globalization and has been used widely in organizations around the world, including Boeing, AIG, the US Air Force Academy, and the Clinton Foundation, among others. His new book Reach was published with Penguin Random House in January 2017.  He teaches, consults, and lectures widely to university and corporate audiences.

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