I was in seventh grade, at dinner at my friend’s house. At the table were her parents, my friend and me. It was a low key affair. We were having hamburgers. Across the table were tomatoes that I desperately wanted. My mind urged me to “just ask!”. But my body just wouldn’t respond. I couldn’t open my mouth. With hunger beckoning me on, the twelve year old ate my hamburger without the tomatoes…The only way to adapt to a new set of social etiquette is to do it. Just do it. There is no other way.
Day: October 31, 2013
This article talks about cross-cultural etiquette regarding clothing, conversation, greetings, form of address, time and space. “Men tend not to wear suit jackets and ties in Colombia and the Middle East, but are still expected to be dressed smartly.” “In Japan, people do not tend to talk about money, and in Switzerland personal questions are usually not appreciated among mere acquaintances.”
The article offers different table manners that are acceptable around the world. “In Japan, most commonly when eating noodles and soups, slurping shows your appreciation of the food to the chef.” In France, splitting the bill is considered the height of unsophistication. Offer to pay the bill in its entirety or someone else will.” In Mexico, it is considered an almost snobby practice to use a fork and knife.”
This article features an interview with the author Andy Molinsky of the book “Global Dexterity: “How to Adapt Your Behavior Across Cultures without Losing Yourself in the Process”. Some main points that Molinsky expresses about being a global leader is that “the people doing that work in today’s global economy must be capable of moving smoothly and seamlessly across cultures. It’s especially critical when performing core professional tasks such as giving or receiving performance feedback, pitching an idea to your boss, getting heard at a meeting, networking, or motivating others. These are situations that make or break your ability to be an effective global manager and leader.
The article gives practical advice in different kinds of business situations from dining: “the host should always pay” and “never pull someone’s chair for them.” In an office environment, “always stand when you’re being introduced to someone.”and “prepare a polite exit.”