Information as Power
Americans believe that information is of value only to the extent that it can be converted into action. In the United States knowing and doing always beats just knowing.
Get vs. Give
The American logic is give, not get. If an American colleague has information that is relevant to the work of other colleagues or teams, that person is obligated to provide that information.
Americans make less of a distinction between their core team and teams in ever wider organisational concentric circles. They believe that information fundamentally belongs to the entire company.
Role in Teamwork
In American teams information is the lifeblood of communication. Any breakdown in information flow means a breakdown in communication. And that quickly becomes a threat to the team’s overall success.
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