Americans at Work: A Guide to the Can-Do People - download pdf or read online

By Craig Storti

ISBN-10: 1417526785

ISBN-13: 9781417526789

ISBN-10: 1931930058

ISBN-13: 9781931930055

No matter if you're employed with american citizens face-to-face, speak with them through cellphone or e mail, or have interaction jointly in a digital group, americans at paintings finds the delicate and the not-so-subtle elements of yankee tradition within the office. find out about instantly speak, American type, and the way american citizens aren’t continually as direct as they are saying they're. discover why americans are deeply conflicted approximately strength: they crave it yet hate to be stuck yearning it. See how americans view outsiders. achieve information for succeeding within the American paintings atmosphere. eventually, get the fundamentals of work-related etiquette: undertaking conferences, giving suggestions, nonverbal communique, email ideas, presents, taboo themes etc.

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In the United States, experts often wonder why they were hired. People in other cultures second-guess their experts too, but not quite so readily as Americans. In the eyes of many non-American observers, Americans take their rejection of the past too far. It’s one thing to be a slave of tradition, “stuck in the past,” as Americans would say, but it’s quite another to reject the lessons of history without even knowing what they are. This may strike you as just more of that arrogance you’ve come to expect from Americans, taking the form in this instance of the belief that since they are so special and unique, the same past that everyone else tries to learn from has nothing to teach people from the United States.

Are supposedly open to all. Therefore, one is always inclined to question oneself and ask why one isn’t rich and famous, or more rich and famous” (1990, 62). By a curious alchemy, the mere possibility of having more or doing better becomes the necessity to continually top oneself. Hence the great, often-noted tension in the American workplace, especially in the private sector, where one of the greatest sins — and a sure prescription for disaster — is to be satisfied with one’s performance. If the march of progress is truly unstoppable, then there are no rest areas on the road to success.

To put it all another way, not believing in culture means that Americans have a hard time accepting that there is any legitimate reason — any “excuse” — for the odd way foreigners sometimes behave, and they conclude, therefore, that all such behavior is simply arbitrary. The strange things foreigners do may be deliberate or accidental, conscious or unconscious, but the point is they don’t have to act that way. This sentiment sums up the typical American view of cultural difference, and it also explains the typical American response to people from other cultures: to not take them or their differences very seriously.

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