By Craig Storti
No matter if you're employed with american citizens face-to-face, speak with them by means of cell or email, or have interaction jointly in a digital crew, american citizens at paintings finds the delicate and the not-so-subtle points of yankee tradition within the place of work. know about immediately speak, American variety, and the way american citizens aren’t continually as direct as they are saying they're. discover why americans are deeply conflicted approximately strength: they crave it yet hate to be stuck yearning it. See how americans view outsiders. achieve information for succeeding within the American paintings setting. ultimately, get the fundamentals of work-related etiquette: accomplishing conferences, giving suggestions, nonverbal communique, e mail ideas, presents, taboo issues and so forth.
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It’s one thing to be a slave of tradition, “stuck in the past,” as Americans would say, but it’s quite another to reject the lessons of history without even knowing what they are. This may strike you as just more of that arrogance you’ve come to expect from Americans, taking the form in this instance of the belief that since they are so special and unique, the same past that everyone else tries to learn from has nothing to teach people from the United States. As a non-American, you may find it tedious, worrisome, and even costly to have to wait around while Americans reinvent the wheel or learn from mistakes they could have avoided if they’d just done their homework.
To understand American culture,” John McElroy has written, “one must always bear in mind that it developed from the situation of civilized men and women living in a Stone Age wilderness. Almost nothing in the cultural memory of the initial European settlers on the Atlantic coastal plain of North America prepared them for living in such a place” (1999, 17). The problems and challenges facing the early settlers were not variations on a European theme but new themes altogether. In his book, O Brave New World, Howard Mumford Jones poses the obvious question: Their life, he writes, “was so incredibly filled with unpredictabilities, one wonders how the Europeans survived” (1968, 1999, 391).
Passion, also known as “a fire in the heart,” is what gives you the edge and makes you driven. qxd 6/2/04 1:56 PM Page 28 28 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 short 35 reg 36 Americans at Work don’t have passion — are somewhat suspect to Americans? ” Sometimes they are said to have “lost their edge,” meaning they no longer have that inner drive it takes to excel. And in America, when you are no longer driven, you are not merely falling behind, you’re out of the race altogether.
Americans at Work: A Guide to the Can-Do People by Craig Storti