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Whether you work with Americans face-to-face, communicate with them by telephone or e-mail, or interact together in a virtual team, Americans at Work reveals the subtle and the not-so-subtle aspects of American culture in the workplace. Learn about straight talk, American style, and how Americans aren't always as direct as they say they are. Find out why Americans are deeply conflicted about power: they crave it but hate to be caught craving it. See how Americans view outsiders. Gain tips for succeeding in the American work environment. Finally, get the basics of work-related etiquette: conducting meetings, giving feedback, nonverbal communication, e-mail rules, gifts, taboo topics and so on.
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More About Craig Storti
Craig Storti is founder and co-director of Communicating Across Cultures, a Washington, D.C.-based intercultural communication training and consulting firm specializing in seminars on cross-cultural adjustment and repatriation. With work appearing in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, he is the author of six books, including Speaking of India: Bridging the Communication Gap When Working with Indians and the bestselling Cross-Cultural Dialogues, The Art of Crossing Cultures, and The Art of Coming Home. Having lived nearly a quarter of his life abroad, he lives now in Maryland. For more information, please visit his website: www.craigstorti.com
Craig Storti currently resides in Westminster, in the state of Maryland.
Reviews - What do customers think about Americans at Work: A Guide to the Can-Do People?
Poor service Nov 10, 2006
I ordered this book and another book called International Management Behavior. They were not delivered. I have not yet been refunded my money for International Management Behavior even though I never got that book.
A Guide to the Generalized Work Place Jan 19, 2005
Generally, I do not like sweeping generalizations.
This book proves there is an exception to every rule. Intended for while-collar managers, Craig Storti provides non-Americans with cultural observations about office workers. his goal, he says, is to provide useful generalizations of Americans at work. In the process, he provides them with enough background to take the guesswork and surprise out of dealing with them.
Storti examines six values he believes account for American workplace attitudes and behaviors. Among them: 1. American is the land of opportunity. The author suggests sounding positive. Merely being realistic or objective may brand you as a pessimist. 2. Can-do people. Don't be afraid of trial and error. Americans admire trying as much as succeeding. 3. Equality for all. Playing favorites is a recipe for failure. 4. You are what you have done. Eliminate elaborate procedures that obstruct action. 5. You are on your own. As a boss, paint the big picture. Then get out of the way and let your subordinates get it done. 6. Punctuality matters. Be on time for appointments and meetings.
Storti's generalizations are clear, telling and accurate. While a must for outsiders attempting to do business in the United States, this book is probably not a bad idea for locals to read and practice.
Highly Recommended! Nov 22, 2004
In a global economy, you inevitably will work with people from other cultures. But since culture determines behavior, how can people from outside the United States best adapt to working in the American workplace? And, how do they perceive American workplace behavior? Author Craig Storti examines American culture and extracts six key themes that drive the U.S. workplace. In the process, he teaches his fellow Americans about their unexamined workplace behavior. That's refreshing. Looking at yourself from the outside helps you re-examine how you work with others. The process opens doors to a whole new evaluation process that could revitalize many businesses. Unfortunately, while Storti makes interesting cultural points, his book is repetitive and belabors obvious ideas. His practical advice on such topics as table manners, fashion, gift giving, eye contact, touching and even sending e-mail is valuable, but could have been presented better in succinct bullet point summaries. However, we appreciate his introduction to behavior, manners and morés in the cross-cultural workplace.
A tutorial for communication in the American workplace Nov 12, 2004
Written by the founder and director of Communicating Across Cultures and a former Peace Corps volunteer, Americans At Work: A Guide To The Can-Do People is a straightforward introduction to how American culture pervades and affects the American workplace. From basic ideals driving American behaviors - such as an obsession with efficiency, intense competition, and the celebration of individualism - to specific tips, tricks, and techniques to better understand how one's American co-workers think and react, Americans At Work is a superb resource and a "must-read" especially for readers for another country striving to adapt to American customs, but also for Americans seeking to better understand the corporate mentality of their own workplaces. A step-by-step, plain-terms tutorial for communication in the American workplace especially for readers accustomed to more indirect cultures is absolutely priceless; for example, it stresses that what Americans consider direct other countries tend to consider rude, and a typical American worker won't be offended by a "no" but will be offended by a "yes" when the real answer is "no.
Some good insights Aug 20, 2004
As an avid reader of cross-cultural books, this one has some good nuggets that will help me and my team to figure out why Americans at work are sometimes not as straightforward as I first thought. There's another book on the subject that's better at the in-depth study and explanation of Americans in the workplace called "Working with Americans" (Denslow and Stewart-Allen) which I think is more helpful.