Ever heard one of these before?
- ‘British are stiff and controlled’
- ‘Asians don’t show emotions’
- ‘Americans are fake’
- ‘Dutch are too blunt’
- ‘Japanese are strange’
A few examples on how these opinions might influence ones behaviour:
Your South American colleague sends his answers to your question 2 days late.
….You see proof of a lazy nature and become agitated.
Your manager from Switzerland comments on your presentation and focuses on some key figures.
….You see proof of his cold and distant management style and become defensive.
Your Italian colleague comments loudly and with lots of gestures on the latest project development during the video-conference.
….You conclude that she is a typical drama queen and block your listening.