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“Individual differences are more important in an international cooperation than cultural differences”.

I partly agree. We are human and unique, in that sense we have individual differences. But if you ignore the fact that there are cultural differences, you will have a hard time understanding the other person unbiasedly. You will look at him/her through your own cultural and colored glasses, of which you may not be aware that you are wearing them.

Classes: Enriching and deepening your cooperation with Americans

Imagine yourself improving your cooperation with Americans. Imagine yourself finding common ground to achieve common goals.

Pearls of remarks

‘I have a great relationship with Americans, no issues, no frustrations. Yet, I would like to explore how I can supplement my toolbox and see if I can take it to the next level'. I love the willingness. A totally different and also beautiful remark: "Can't the Americans just change, instead of us?” A question with no intention of deliberately offending, but with room to explore.

Being a modest lifeline to Americans

When my sister-in-law, 6 years ago, suddenly died at a young age, I asked my friend: 'Can you be my lifeline?'. Now, I wonder how we can be a lifeline to Americans during these uncertain times. To give some joy, hope, relaxation, and continuation.

Why it is not wise to share your views on what happened in the U.S. Capitol with your American colleagues?

You might have an opinion about what happened in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C,  yesterday and right now, but please don’t share it with your American colleagues, partners, suppliers, clients, etc. for the sake of your relationship with them. Why? Some suggestions on what to say and what not to say.

Is there room for improvement in your cooperation with Americans?

Here is a number of situations in which you might find yourself during your cooperation with some of your American colleagues, partners, suppliers, customers, managers and employees. And ways to step out of that groove and to win their trust.

“I just want my American colleague to send me the information so I can move on”

"I keep asking, but he doesn't send me the information. How am I supposed to support the hardware?", asked Stefan. "Let's solve it by looking at the whole situation from both sides".

“America’s market is ‘down the drain’. Why should I invest in this training right now?”

Ultimately, they want to make money. Prepare now: how to convince them of your ideas, expertise, and uniqueness of your solution. Take the stage now proactively!

How to deal with a ‘rosy picture’ of the results?

Americans like to look at the possibilities and have a positive mindset, and that is great! So far, so good. But people who work with Americans can be annoyed by what they perceive as showing off and even arrogant behavior, especially when the US results are not so great at all..