Sensitive feedback discussions in Germany are often done in one-to-one talks. There are situations, however, when Germans openly criticize a colleague in the presence of the team. This is not necessarily seen as unfair to that individual, instead as imperative in order to get issues “on the table.”
Sensitive feedback discussions in the U.S. business context are almost always done in one-to-one talks. Discretion is highly important, especially when the feedback is negative. There is very low tolerance for open criticism of colleagues in the presence of the team.