Luke and Theo are colleagues in a global company in heavy industry. They are in their early-50s, experienced, successful, and in leadership positions in a engineering organization. The both lead teams of roughly two hundred and fifty people.
Several years ago they decided to exchange positions for one year, a so-called job swap. Luke moved to Germany, Theo to the U.S. In the mid-2000s their respective companies – one American, the other German – had been combined. It was a major transatlantic merger. So both Theo and Luke were fairly familiar working with the other culture.
How well do you think Luke understands Germany and the Germans?
And how well do you think Theo understands America and the Americans?