The common thought is, we live a big world that has become small, through the progression of humanity on the tidal wave technology. Polanyi walks us through the history and progression towards a “free market” world that in turn connects humanity via the financial aspect. Bebbington in his work, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain, shows not only the beginning and rise of Evangelicalism in Britain but how this movement spread to the U.S. and beyond. He also shows how American Christian leaders influenced the Charismatic expression in Britain. Again, Bebbington helps us see how to world although big is also small. In recent years social media has furthered this big to the small trend which can cause many too fell as though I truly know this person because I follow them on social media, but this is false sensing of knowing at best. In her book, The Culture Map, Erin Meyer, brings clarity to the diversity still present in human beings.
In this easy to read but insightful book, Meyers looks at eight aspects of business culture: communications, performance feedback, persuasion, leadership and hierarchy, decision-making, trust, disagreement, and finally perceptions of time. She then takes this eight aspects and through personal research, the help of leading psychologists, and anthropologists, she places them on a scale to show how different cultures compare to others and how these cultural differences might play out. Karen Penny writes, “Meyer offers leaders a way to analyze how their own culture works with colleagues, finding the relative gaps between them. It is only by doing this that the similarities and differences will become apparent and any breakdown in communication or trust can be addressed”. It’s the similarities and difference, which I view as diversity, that remind us that the world is still big and that is ok. We still need to learn from one another and not assume we know. The aspect of communication and the scale of high/low context culture is what fascinated me the most.
In speaking of low-context cultures (the United States is the lowest) and its communication style she writes, “In low-context cultures, effective communication must be simple, clear, and explicit in order to effectively pass the message, and most communicators will obey this requirement, usually without being fully conscious of it”. I completely agree with this statement and saw no issues with it until I understood the high-context culture, in which you must “read the air” to understand the full breadth of the conversation. My next immediate thought was, did Jesus teach/lead in a low-context culture or high, and by looking at the scale it would seem to fit into high-context cultures. If this is true, then as Spirit-lead leaders we might look to change the way in which we lead even those of us in low-context cultures.
Again Meyers writes, “the traditional American rule for successfully transferring a powerful message to an audience: ‘Tell them what you are going to tell them, then tell them, then tell them what you’ve told them’ this is the philosophy of low-context communication in a nutshell.” To me, this philosophy does not lead to learning or the renewing of the mind, only regurgitation. Jesus is the model for Spirit-led leadership, and he says, “Come follow me” not repeat after me. I think far too often we only speak (which is natural to us in the West) in low-context style, but it seems the Spirit communicates in a high-context style, leaving us to learn how to “read the air” as we develop into leaders that still follow after Jesus.
 Karl Polanyi, Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time, (Boston: Beacon Press, 2001), Accessed January 22, 2019, ProQuest Ebook Central.
 David W. Bebbington, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s, (London: Routledge, 2005).
 Ibid., 416-451.
 Meyer, Erin, The Culture Map (INTL ED), PublicAffairs, Kindle Edition, 15-16.
Penney, Karen. “The Culture Map by Erin Meyer Reviewed.” Director Magazine, 6 Jan. 2016, www.director.co.uk/14493-2-the-culture-map-by-erin-meyer-reviewed/.
 Meyer, The Culture Map, (INTL ED), 34-35.
 Ibid., 32-34.
 Meyers, The Culture Map, 35.
 Matthew 4:9, NASB