USA and Germany. The largest and fourth-largest economies. Ten foundational topics. Forty-seven subtopics. In five languages. More than a thousand examples.
When colleagues better understand the influence of cultural differences on cross-border collaboration three good things happen. They get the job done. That’s good for the company. They sleep better at night. Literally and figuratively. That’s good for them as human beings. They like each other. That’s good for the relations between their countries.
We identify, describe, and contrast how cultures think and work. By answering the three key questions stated above. Research is our core strength. We strive to get to the truth. By doing our homework. With care, diligence, and respect. Research
If you are a newly-formed cross-Atlantic team, we’ll begin with Step 1. If you are an existing team, I recommend to first assess the situation. Assess
How John helps
I started out helping Americans and Germans. By explaining the influence of cultural differences on their day-to-day interactions. It went well. Culture
“Can you help integrate cross-Atlantic teams?” I developed an approach. Customized workshops. Clarifying how best to collaborate. It went well. Integration
“We like the results of your work, John. Can you do the same for global teams?” I modified my approach just a bit. That, too, went well. Collaboration
It’s difficult to measure energy levels. But not difficult to feel loss of energy. And not difficult to feel gain of energy. Energy is either taken out of or put into you.
What’s it like to have energy taken from you? No fun. Less than no fun. What’s it like to have energy given to you? Fun. More than fun.
Look at your experience thusfar collaborating cross-border. Have the interactions been energy-taking or energy-giving? If it’s the former, the situation is not good.
Why only 99 €? For three reasons. So that management can’t say no. So that colleagues can pay themselves if it does. To save us time wasted negotiating price.
UC was created by John Otto Magee.
Why? So that you and your colleagues better understand each other. At the deeper level of national culture. So that you succeed. Together. As brothers and sisters.
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Specific to the topic you have selected go to Respond and respond to the survey, case study, story and topic questions. Then read and reflect on the responses. You can segment them by nationality. Look for the patterns in thinking.
Unlike in Questions only your responses will appear. Without your name or photo. This enables you to more quickly read, reflect, and recognize patterns in thought.
You work internationally. Interacting with different cultures. This space is for you. To deepen your understanding. So that those interactions work. Warning
Business is culture.
We explain cultures.
Then contrast them.
We serve you and your colleagues. Working in cross-border teams. We need your feedback. In order to get better. Please send to: member-feedback@john-magee
By responding to their specific questions. Teams discuss and formulate their questions, then send them to me. I prepare. We meet and discuss per Zoom.
By going deeper on specific topics. Currently we have ten. Teams choose those topics especially critical to their success. We meet and discuss per Zoom.
By working individually with senior-level management. We tailor the program to the specific needs of the executive. Then proceed in breadth and depth.
Germans and Americans.
Complex working relationship.
Because they think differently.
Deutsche und Amerikaner.
Keine einfache Arbeitsbeziehung.
Weil sie unterschiedlich denken.
World’s fourth-largest economy.
With only eighty million people.
Die viertgrößte Volkwirtschaft.
Nur achtig Millionen Einwohner.
Unlike in Questions only your responses will appear. Without your name or photo. This enables you to more quickly recognize the patterns in thought.
We’re constantly adding examples to the patterns. If any cross your mind, please feel free to send them to us at: email@example.com
We contrast cultures by addressing three questions: Where do we differ in how we think, therefore in how we work? What influence do these differences have on our collaboration? How can we get the differences to work for, not against, us? Contrasts
We provide exercises. These are real-world situations. So that colleagues can apply to their work what they have come to understand at a deeper level. As colleagues. Together. It’s their collaboration. They decide how best to work with each other. Exercises
We enable colleagues to help each other. To submit and to respond to questions. Not a low-value chatroom. Instead specific, concrete, practical. Where members can gain deeper insight. About how culture influences collaboration. Questions
Member-Feedback is key.
Questions and Exercises
The Questions and Exercises sections are experimental. And they are for free. When you join UC you are paying for access to our core content: Countries, Contrasts, Patterns. We reserve the right to remove Questions and/or Exercises.