Hans in Chicago – Act 8

ACT 8 – What the Americans did not know When Hans and Evelyn met for lunch on Thursday, they, too, discussed their dinner Tuesday evening. Hans was clearly disappointed. He had hoped for some vigorous debate. Nancy seemed particularly disinterested and disengaged. Like most Germans, he wanted to address topics of substance, and not waste […]

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Hans in Chicago – Act 9

Act 9 – What went wrong? SmalltalkIn smalltalk situations Germans consciously choose topics which Americans consider to be controversial. In stark contrast, Americans choose topics which Germans consider to be superficial. Those two approaches could not be more different. “Family”America and Americans have been very present in the lives of Germans – especially West Germans […]

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Hans in Chicago – Act 10

Act 10 – The Cost of Cultural Misunderstanding If this and other differences in how the two cultures communicate are constantly at play when Germans and Americans collaborate, what influence or impact will the differences have: LeadershipOn the productivity of the working relationship within the leadership team: meaning between Hans and his German direct reports […]

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