My mission is to bring people from different cultural backgrounds together in the workplace through Cross-Cultural Excellence — the practice of actively seeking information about another person’s culture in order to understand that culture’s values, then use this data to gain desired outcomes. Whether your goal is to make a good first impression, secure a promotion, or win the Indy 500, Cross-Cultural Excellence is the 21st century’s secret weapon for success.
“Her book is a revealing portrait of the corporate culture that reflects, and defines, Japan…. funny and insightful…”
– The New York Times, Elisabeth Bumiller
Born in Tokyo, Japan to missionary parents, Laura Kriska spoke her first words in Japanese and took her first steps on tatami floor. When she was two years old, her family returned to their home in Columbus, Ohio, but her interest in Japan continued to grow. While earning her B.A. in Japanese Studies at Denison University, Kriska spent her junior year abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo and devoted most of her time to practicing judo.
When she was just 22 years old, Laura Kriska became the first American woman to work in the Tokyo headquarters of Honda Motor Company. Arriving on a crisp autumn morning wearing a cream-colored dress-for-success suit, the young red-head from the Midwest encounters the first of many surprises in her new position when she is handed a blue, polyester company uniform — the required dress, for women only.