Finding common ground in a conflict is an important task for managers. Working in a foreign culture makes this even more challenging. Not only the language is a barrier to understanding:
Also the expectations regarding the behavior in a conflict might be very different. In Germany it is expected that you talk about conflicts early on. Don’t wait until the situation escalates.
Conflict: Say it like it is
Also: Be very clear what your concern is. Germans communicate in a very direct way. An indirect cry for help is often not even understood in Germany. The same is true the other way round: Don’t feel offened when people tell you: “You made a mistake”.
They are (usually) not trying to offend you – but to solve the problem.
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