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

by Craig Storti

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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. ( )
  PointedPundit | Mar 25, 2008 |
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