Americans at Work: A Guide to the Can-Do People by Craig Storti

Americans at Work: A Guide to the Can-Do People by Craig Storti

By Craig Storti

Even if you're employed with american citizens face-to-face, converse with them by way of phone or e mail, or engage jointly in a digital workforce, american citizens at paintings unearths the sophisticated and the not-so-subtle elements of yank tradition within the office. know about directly speak, American sort, and the way americans aren’t continuously as direct as they are saying they're. discover why americans are deeply conflicted approximately energy: they crave it yet hate to be stuck yearning it. See how american citizens view outsiders. achieve assistance for succeeding within the American paintings atmosphere. ultimately, get the fundamentals of work-related etiquette: undertaking conferences, giving suggestions, nonverbal verbal exchange, e mail ideas, presents, taboo themes etc.

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When he arrived in Watson’s office, [the man] was holding a letter of resignation in his hand. Watson turned and said, “Let you go? We just spent ten million dollars giving you one hell of an education! ” Learning from his father, Tom Watson Jr. ” (1991, 197) Their attitude toward taking risks and making mistakes also explains in part the American attitude toward improvising. Americans see nothing wrong in “winging it,” as they sometimes say, or “making it up as they go along,” or “thinking on their feet” — meaning doing things on the spur of the moment without a plan or any forethought.

Along with their benign view of risk, Americans have a similarly sympathetic attitude toward mistakes. Mistakes are inherent in risk taking, after all, so it is only natural that a culture that encourages experimentation would not be too hard on people who make a mess of things. By and large, Americans are quite forgiving of mistakes, and people are not normally blamed for them unless the particular mistake was completely avoidable (hence unnecessary) or a person makes the same mistake repeatedly.

Don’t assume Americans are deliberately being difficult. qxd 6/2/04 1:56 PM Page 19 2 The Land of Opportunity This was the land of promise, they said. There was no such thing as the Impossible anymore. — O. E. Rolvaag, Giants in the Earth Unlimited space [is] not just an attribute of the American continent, it is a key to the American psyche. — Richard Pells, Not Like Us I f countries, like books, could have subtitles, then the subtitle of the United States was written long ago: The Land of Opportunity.

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