“It is easier to disintegrate
an atom than a prejudice”
1 / “In general , Germans tend to blindly respect the hierarchy “
Germans like order but do not obey blindly . They obey logic and consistent orders, which will be “in line” with the process developed in advance. They do not obey an order simply because it comes from a superior but because the order is “correct”.
2 / “In general, the French hardly obey to orders”
Relation to power and authority is important for the French, the person with the authority is to be respected and his orders obeyed. If the subordinate is unable to execute the order , he/she can obey partially; you do not have to follow the order to the letter.
3 / “In general, the Dutch are quite arrogant and proud”
The Dutch have heated discussions to influence the consensus they hear clear: elsewhere they also do the same and speak with fervor and assertiveness. Assertiveness is a virtue developed in childhood. Other cultures – where “the implicit” is more developed – sometimes see the Dutch as arrogant.
4 / “In general, Danes are dismissive”
The Danes are reserved, but will listen to your point of view. They will be ready to build a consensus but they expect arguments to weigh in the balance, otherwise they will follow their Danish method.
5 / “In general, the Chinese are arrogant and proud”
Yes, the Chinese are proud, no, they are not arrogant . We tend to link these two characteristics, but here we must separate the “male pride” with a sense of superiority, a feeling that is not common in China.
6 / “In general, Brazilians are individualists”
Brazilian (Great Family) are collectivists. Their appetite for hedonism (pleasure, joy of living ) can be confusing.
7 / “In general, the Swedish have no opinion “
Discreet, Swedish (Network) are not talkative, but defend their opinions to establish a consensus.
8 / “In general , Greeks spend their time discussing “
The Greeks are collectivists and communicate among on another willingly .
Collectivist tend to have a complex communication system: fluid within groups, it may sometimes be stretched to between groups. Groups can sometimes give the impression of completely neutralize themselves which will irritate more individualistic cultures.
9 / “In general, Americans are emotional “
Americans have a lot of composure and avoid becoming emotional. TV series distort reality, because we see a lot of “extreme cases” that lead us to believe that their daily lives are are such. It is for the same reason that some cultures believe that Paris is a romantic city, they have seen, in the movies, a lot of love story unfold in Paris.
10 / “In general, the Chinese have no personal opinions”
The Chinese have a personal opinion but will put it forward depending on the hierarchy involved. It is true that they retain a very inexpressive look on their faces from us and can give the impression of being impassive.
11 / “In general, only the price account for Moroccan”
Beware of the picture you have of Moroccans that you meet in your country. They are not socially or professionally similar to those you will encounter while doing business in Morocco. Moroccans only consider price as a factor among other discussion, and is in no way a priority.
12 / “In general, the British are rude and dismissive”
The Brits seek efficiency in business, they can be direct in their communication and obstinate in their struggles. Seeing them as “gentlemen”, we can be surprised by their direct way of communication. Hence this reputation spread among the French, which reveals how they are difficult to detect accurately in our eyes.