Meetings are an integral part of our business lives. While the majority of meetings between people are successful, there are times when communication breaks down and relationships can be damaged. When people work across cultures and in international teams, the chances of this happening are much greater as each person brings their own cultural preferences and conditioning of what is ‘normal’ to the encounter.
For example, here in the UK, a successful meeting is likely to include humour, coded speech, understatement, a ‘fair’ proposition and a summary of all the points agreed.
But how do other cultures brainstorm ideas, make decisions, offer opinions and deal with conflict? How can you make sure that the more ‘expressive’ cultures don’t dominate meetings?
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