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Are You Going Global? Test Your Skills


Dr. Farid Elashmawi, President

True or False?

False1. In Germany, compliments are expected (and given) for a job well done.

True2. Americans usually rely on themselves for help rather than other people.

False3. Japanese tend to reward individual achievements.

False4. Gifts are normally exchanged at the first meeting with a British partner.

True5. Your first offer to a Korean company will most likely be reduced by 50%.

True6. Laughing is one way the Chinese show nervousness or social discomfort.

False7. In Arab culture, gifts should be opened in the presence of the giver.

False8. It is quite acceptable to call a Swiss after work for business reasons.

True9. Most Italian business meetings are unstructured and informal.

True10. Success in Dutch organizations is attributed teamwork, not to individuals.

False11. When a Brazilian manager says, “No problemo,” he will solve the problem.

False12. In France business organizations are decentralized.

This material is presented to you by Global Success, a leading multicultural management, negotiation, training, and consulting organization. The company develops managers’ skills in dealing successfully with global diversity in employees, clients, partners, and suppliers. It was founded by Dr. Farid Elashmawi, author of Multicultural Management 2000.

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