In Old World/New World: Bridging Cultural Differences-Britain, France, Germany and the U.S., Craig Storti shows us how easy it is to go far afield in our attempts to understand, interact and work successfully with people different from ourselves, this time in three Western European nations: America, Great Britain, France and Germany.Whether in business or social encounters, the Germans, French, British and Americans can understand each other better by understanding the differences between their cultures. In ...
In Old World/New World: Bridging Cultural Differences-Britain, France, Germany and the U.S., Craig Storti shows us how easy it is to go far afield in our attempts to understand, interact and work successfully with people different from ourselves, this time in three Western European nations: America, Great Britain, France and Germany.Whether in business or social encounters, the Germans, French, British and Americans can understand each other better by understanding the differences between their cultures. In classic Storti style, the author provides fifty-one cross-cultural dialogues and accompanying discussions that guide readers beneath the surface to understand who it is they are interacting with and how best to communicate with them. Reading Old World/New World is sure to afford you a rich assortment of lessons about how to be more successful travelers and communicators abroad.. Long ago, when I was still wet behind the ears from washing up onto these European shores, I could have really used a book like this one.-James R. Chamberlain, director of the Language Center at the Bonn-Rhein-Seig University for www.dialogin.com Craig Storti assembles fifty-one cross-cultural dialogues and analyses on the differences in ways of life for people in America, Britain, France and Germany. A bibliography and index of key concepts proves helpful in using Old World/New World for reference, but it makes most fascinating reading in [its] own right even for armchair travelers who never leave their home country. Old World/New World is very highly recommended for anyone interested in comparing and contrasting the different ways of thinking in different nations.-Wisconsin Bookwatch ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart 1: Americans and the British1 Bad News2 Upgrade3 New Director4 Rewrite5 Dropping By6 Moving Up7 All the Stops8 Calling a Cab9 Office Mates10 Well Done11 Buying Blind12 Vacancy13 Sweet Time14 Business Major15 Looking Good16 Low Key17 Taking AdvantagePart 2: Americans and the French18 Knowing Your Stuff19 Bothering the Chief20 Working Late21 Time to Redesign22 Withholding23 Religion and Politics24 Le Clos Is Late25 Call me Later26 At the Window27 Lunch with Gallimard28 The Thinker29 Mistakes30 Running Late31 Sales Figures32 Madame X33 Dinner on Friday34 Meeting JeanettePart 3: Americans and the Germans35 Shortcut36 Moving to Anhalt37 Weekend Workers38 Dirty Sink39 Quality40 Love Life41 Feedback42 Surprise43 Thinking on Your Feet44 Rude45 Closing Costs46 Team Leader 47 Misleading48 Slow Going49 A Hunch50 Hello Christian51 Lunch at the RathskellerEpilogueBibliographyIndex of Key Concepts
This is a book about cultural differences and a lesson on linguistic relativity the concept that language reflects what is important in a culture. Storti (The Art of Crossing Cultures) explores how people from different cultures have different values, beliefs, and ideas of good and evil, morality and immorality. Through the socialization process, people internalize the code of conduct that others expect from them. Consequently, behavioral patterns vary from society to society. The founder of Communicating Across Cultures, a Washington-based training and consulting firm, Storti has collected 51 cross-cultural dialogs and analyses, paying special attention to both the explicit and the implicit differences between Americans and people from Britain, France, and Germany. Among these groups, Americans and the French have the least in common, while Americans tend to have relative affinity with Germans (e.g., Germany, like America, is more like a meritocracy, whereas France and Britain have an aristocratic history). Storti's brilliant insights into the cultural differences of these uniquely diverse nationalities both educate and entertain. Recommended for all academic libraries. Tim Delaney, Canisius Coll., Buffalo Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Craig Storti is founder and director of Communicating Across Cultures, a Washington, DC-based intercultural communication training and consulting firm. He is the author of several best-selling books, including The Art of Coming Home, The Art of Crossing Cultures, and Figuring Foreigners Out. Storti can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at www.craigstorti.com