But even small differences in mindset can have big cultural ripple effects—and make or break communications impact.
Take the Germans, for instance. They’re pretty straightforward and like to get right to the point. No beating around the bush. Clarity, candor, constructive criticism and questioning the status quo are virtues that benefit all concerned, ja? Sounds reasonable perhaps.
My country, right or wrong.
Or maybe not?
While responding with a categorical “no” is perfectly acceptable in Germany, in Japan and Korea it’s tantamount to social suicide. Avoiding cultural pitfalls in your communications is not a luxury—it’s a key competitive advantage.