Scope

German Approach

Germans think systematically. They view a decision in its broader and interconnected context. The scope of the decision is wider. German decision making, therefore, necessarily means making several decisions at the same time.

Patterns

American Approach

Americans consciously break down complexity into its component parts. This allows them to focus on what is essential. The scope of their decisions is narrower. Americans avoid interconnecting too many decisions.

Patterns

German View

Germans see Americans as moving through the decision making process impatiently, and without thinking through the complexity of the issue. Because they don’t see the wider scope Americans have to change direction too often.

American View

From the American viewpoint Germans consider too many non-critical factors in the decision making process. Their decisions become overly complicated and entangled. German scope is to simply too wide. Time is wasted. Momemtum is endangered.

Advice to Germans

Remain systematic in your approach to a decision. At the same time be more pragmatic. Narror the overall scope of your understanding of the problem. Focus on the truly relevant factors. Keep the other factors within your peripheral vision, but do not allow them to distract you from the heart of the matter. 

Advice to Americans

Engage with your German colleagues in their seemingly philosophical discussion about the nature of the decision to be made. You may find a broader perspective to be of value. Once a full participant in the discussion, you can influence the decision. If your German colleagues are getting too systematic, considering too many factors, help them to narrow the scope.

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