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daily calendars, ” said McLaughlin. “We
are always in a hurry to get somewhere
and always seek something just out
side our reach.”
McLaughlin also commented that
the U.S. uses time as a measure of
worth. “If people give you their time,
then you are worth something to
them,” she said.
The rest of the worid looks at time
as flexible and doesn’t use it as a com
modity. Time for most of the rest of the
world moves in waves not in segments
like in the U.S.
McLaughlin promoted the idea of
“form over substance.” The U.S. is
grounded in dealing with hard mea
sures of things. “We like the end prod
ucts of things, and other countries like
the process,” she said.
People in the U.S. think our coun
try is direct and open, but others think
of us as being pushy, McLaughlin said.
“They wonder if we’ll say anything
about business, what else wiU we say.
“Business people in other coun
tries need to trust us, and that trust
grows out of the words we speak, ” she
said. The manner of our communica
tion affects om: international dealings.
In some countries like Mexico and
Japan, they think it a personal affront
to say “no.” Business people from the
U.S. need to learn not to ask yes/no
questions for better communication.
• Work Attitudes
“In the U.S., we value hard work
and believe that by working hard an
individual or organization can deter
mine their destinies and reap big re
wards," said McLaughlin. “However,
this concept is totally outside reality
for many nations.”
For example, in Islam, you can plan
and work, but Allah determines the
outcome. Latinos also believe that the
Creator placed His people in certain
stations in life, so why should they try
to challenge Him and work up the
ladder of success, she said.
In this respect, their motivational
systems are different from ours, so we
need to make our motivations for do
ing business match the cultural atti
tudes of the country we are working
McLaughlin pointed out that busi
ness grows out of relationships be
cause that is where we begin to de
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velop trust. “In the U.S., we place a
high price on being able to do our own
thing,” she said. “The emphasis is on
However, in much of the world,
there is a strong group orientation
because the group is the basic unit of
society. McLaughlin commented that
the U.S. is highly mobUe and friendly,
and we tend to make and give up
relationships pretty easily. In other
countries, people may never leave their
place of birth. They have the same
friends and work for the same compa
nies all of their lives, she said.
Like time, space is also thought of
as a commodity and a form of commu
nication by people in the U.S.,
McLaughlin said. “We want little office
walls around everyone. But, in Japan,
everyone works in one large room
with the supervisor at a table up front. ”
In the U.S., we like to stand back
from each other, but in some places
(like the Middle East), people stand
very close together, she said. “In the
Arab world, they believe you can’t
know someone until you share his
breath.” However, in the U.S., we feel
invaded and unusual. There is no touch
ing, except for the occasional hand
shake. In other places, it is not unusual
for a man to touch the lapels of another
man or to grasp his hand as they walk
down the street, McLaughlin said.
“In the U.S., all people are created
equal, and we don’t really think about
social stratification,” said McLaughlin.
In socially stratified nations, their be
havior is dictated by whether they are
dealing with someone above or below
them. People give and acquire author
ity in different ways around the world,
Four things must happen for us to
master the global marketplace, said
McLaughlin. We must know who we
are, make an attitude adjustment, ex
pand our ability to develop relation
ships in international settings and in
crease our knowledge and skills. To
increase our knowledge, we need to
read more; study languages; study the
history, geography, and religions of
the worid; and be joiners in business
“As women, one characteristic that
is helpful in international business is
our relationship- making experience,”
said McLaughlin. Good relationships
are the keys to success in the interna
tional business world.
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