“I’m fired!” – Act 6

ACT 6 – The Cost of Cultural Misunderstanding Lost Opportunities“They could have gone far higher.” Martin and Aaron could have become true strategic partners, motivating and inspiring each other, as well as the entire organization. What did the lost opportunities cost the company because they did not stay on that same wavenlength? Aaron’s Reduced ProductivityIn […]

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“I’m fired!” – Act 4

ACT 4 – German Feedback Logic Martin had focused almost exclusively on Aaron’s weaknesses. There weren’t many, but Martin managed to find some. There was so little talk about the positives, about the progress made. Information was flowing between Germany and the U.S. Two of the three key engineering processes had been just about fully […]

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“I’m fired!” – Act 3

ACT 3 – “I’m fired!” They meet for the discussion. Aaron is quiet, listening carefully, respectful of Martin as a fellow engineer and as his superior. Aaron is also very much looking forward to a meeting-of-the-minds on his performance over the last year, and to discussing the goals they want to reach in the upcoming […]

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“I’m fired” – Act 2

ACT 2 – In Agreement: B+ From Aaron’s perspective, the year has gone quite well, surprisingly so. A few days before the feedback discussion he reflected on his performance. Aaron believes to have an accurate assessment of where he has performed well and less well. He tends to be overly self-critical. Martin, a German, a […]

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“I’m fired” – Act 1

ACT 1 – Aaron and Martin Aaron, an American, is a first-rate engineer and manager. Sent to Germany on a three-year delegation, Aaron’s job was to increase technical knowledge transfer, integrate critical processes, and to build a cross-Atlantic organization based on transparency and trust. A very tall order for the particular organization he worked in. […]

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