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Intercultural differences and misunderstandings ; stereotypes ; French-bashing ; anti-americanism

Intercultural differences and misunderstandings ; stereotypes ; French-bashing ; anti-americanism

Website lists Americans’ top 10 prejudices about the French – The Connexion AMERICANS see the French as hairy communists who don’t wash but who are also chic and sophisticated, says a French news site. The website of leading private TV channel TF1 listed what it thinks are the top 10 prejudices Americans have about the French, based on their portrayal in the US media. TF1 said Americans seem to think: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Photo:Chris Waits EmailStumbleUpon The business strategy behind Disney’s magical experiences Last week, 250 GTA business professionals participated in “Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence,” an all day workshop offered through the Disney Institute and organized by McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business in partnership with the Certified General Accountants of Ontario (CGA). Workshop attendees watched case studies, answered questions, and participated in several group exercises led by Bryan Tabler and Amy Rossi, two facilitators from the Disney Institute and veteran employees of Disney. The goal of the day was to learn the strategies Disney believes are key to the successful maintenance of The Walt Disney Company. Leadership Excellence According to the Disney Institute, the foundation for successful leaders is communication. “The word ‘no’ shuts down hopes,” said Bryan Tabler, Disney Institute facililtator. Sylvia Scott is the donor relations representative for the Salvation Army. “I came here thinking it would be primarily about customer service,” said Ms. Ms.

USA – Comprendre et accueillir la clientèle américaine | Blog Expert - Formation Interculturelle L’interculturel est une véritable clef pour tous les professionnels du tourisme… Plus de 3 millions d’Américains ont visité la France l’année passée . Cette clientèle, aime surtout la Méditerranée et Paris pour son côté romantique, mais aussi pour son art de vivre. De nombreux Américains rêvent de visiter la France en couple pour vivre ce romantisme « à la française ». En comprenant un peu mieux cette culture et en améliorant notre accueil, ce chiffre pourrait plus que doubler en cinq ans ! Une perception très centriste justifiée L’Amérique est un continent à elle seule, ce qui rend les Américains inconscients des problèmes que suscite la cohabita- tion multiculturelle entre différents pays comme en Europe. Peu d’Américains connaissent donc notre histoire et encore moins notre technologie. Hamburgers et Coca-Cola, mais pas que ça… Si à nos yeux et de façon caricaturale, les Américains ne savent pas vivre et manger, ils savent en tout cas créer de la richesse ! Le vin en guise d’apéritif !

Presentations - The Presentation Most presentations are divided into 3 main parts (+ questions): As a general rule in communication, repetition is valuable. In presentations, there is a golden rule about repetition: Say what you are going to say,say it,then say what you have just said. In other words, use the three parts of your presentation to reinforce your message. We will now consider each of these parts in more detail. Introduction The introduction is a very important - perhaps the most important - part of your presentation. welcome your audienceintroduce your subjectoutline the structure of your presentationgive instructions about questions The following table shows examples of language for each of these functions. Body The body is the 'real' presentation. The body should be well structured, divided up logically, with plenty of carefully spaced visuals. Remember these key points while delivering the body of your presentation: Conclusion Use the conclusion to: Questions

How to Motivate People: 4 Steps Backed by Science Employees, spouses, kids — what does it take to get people motivated so you don’t have to nag them? Motivation is powerful. It predicts success better than intelligence, ability, or salary. Via The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People: When tested in national surveys against such seemingly crucial factors as intelligence, ability, and salary, level of motivation proves to be a more significant component in predicting career success. I’ve covered persuasion, leadership, improving habits and fighting procrastination but what’s it take to get others to really give their best? 1) Stop Bribing Them When actors would ask the great film director Alfred Hitchcock “What’s my motivation?” Rewards definitely work. Researchers find that perceived self-interest, the rewards one believes are at stake, is the most significant factor in predicting dedication and satisfaction toward work. But as Dan Pink explains in Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us there’s a problem with this equation:

French stereotypes: arrogant and good in bed? Bien sûr! Let's not throw out the cliches with the bathwater. Apart from the fact that they conceal a fair bit of truth, these stereotypical preconceptions that seem to stick so strongly to our French identity might also help us close ranks. So, we're supposedly arrogant and chauvinistic – compliments that generally go hand in hand with a suspicion of cowardice. The rude health of this particular stereotype is not unrelated to the current financial and monetary crisis, in which France has been unable to disguise the difficulty it is having in maintaining its role – or what it believes to be its role – on the European stage. Confronted with the fact of German leadership, we supposedly hit back with thunderous rants and rash behaviour. Strike lovers Proud of our keen sense of inequality, it's almost disappointing for us not to hear our neighbours cite the traditional French propensity to strike – a tradition, nonetheless, that's largely disproved by statistics on the weakness of our trades unions.

Introduction to Principles of Management Figure 1.1 The restaurant industry poses many challenges to the successful management of individuals and groups. Chapter Learning Objectives Reading this chapter will help you do the following: Learn who managers are and about the nature of their work. Understand the importance of leadership, entrepreneurship, and strategy within organizations. Thomas Edison once quipped, “There is a way to do it better—find it.” Management is the art and science of managing others.

BBC Learning English | Talking business | Presentations: Opening The Secret of Effective Motivation Photo Gray Matter By AMY WRZESNIEWSKI and BARRY SCHWARTZ THERE are two kinds of motive for engaging in any activity: internal and instrumental. If a scientist conducts research because she wants to discover important facts about the world, that’s an internal motive, since discovering facts is inherently related to the activity of research. What mix of motives — internal or instrumental or both — is most conducive to success? We analyzed data drawn from 11,320 cadets in nine entering classes at the United States Military Academy at West Point, all of whom rated how much each of a set of motives influenced their decision to attend the academy. How did the cadets fare, years later? We found, unsurprisingly, that the stronger their internal reasons were to attend West Point, the more likely cadets were to graduate and become commissioned officers. The implications of this finding are significant. The same goes for motivating teachers themselves.

55 National Stereotypes that will Ruin or Make your Day | National Stereotypes Inspired by an idea of Mon earlier on this post, I searched the net far and wide to find the most common stereotypes about Nationalities. Generalizations about cultures or nationalities can be a source of pride, anger or simply bad jokes. Some people say that in all stereotype there is some basis in reality, as they don’t develop in vacuum. To give a more serious definition: “National Stereotype is a system of culture-specific beliefs connected with the nationality of a person. True cold-blooded scientists warn, that “National character stereotypes are not even exaggerations of real differences: They are fictions.” But why judge, before we know what we are talking about? Please take everything below with a grain of salt; as I only summed up what others wrote on the internet. There are plenty of scientific studies about this subject on the net as well. After reading all those stereotypes, I’m a bit shocked that a lot of them – if not most – are pretty negative or even insulting.

Elton Mayo and Hawthorne Effect - Studies in Motivation The Hawthorne Studies (also knowns as the Hawthorne Experiments) were conducted from 1927 to 1932 at the Western Electric Hawthorne Works in Cicero, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago). This is where Harvard Business School professor Elton Mayo and Fritz Roethlisberger examined the impact of work conditions in employee productivity. Elton Mayo started these experiments by examining the physical and environmental influences of the workplace (e.g. brightness of lights, humidity) and later, moved into the psychological aspects (e.g. breaks, group pressure, working hours, managerial leadership) and their impact on employee motivation as it applies to productivity. In essence, the Hawthorne Effect, as it applies to the workplace, can be summarized as "Employees are more productive because the employees know they are being studied." Additionally, the act of measurement, itself, impacts the results of the measurement. The Hawthorne Experiments and Employee Motivation Relay Assembly References:

Sir Richard Branson allows his staff to take unlimited holiday Sir Richard Branson, the boss of Virgin Group which employs more than 50,000 people around the world and operates in more than 50 countries, is offering his personal staff of 170 unlimited holiday time. Sir Richard Branson explained the move on his website.“There is no need to ask for prior approval and neither the employees themselves nor their managers are asked or expected to keep track of their days away from the office. It is left to the employee alone to decide if and when he or she feels like taking a few hours, a day, a week or a month off, the assumption being that they are only going to do it when they feel a hundred per cent comfortable that they and their team are up to date on every project and that their absence will not in any way damage the business – or, for that matter, their careers!” “The best way to meet any challenges is to build a culture of trust within the organisation. So would you allow your staff unlimited holiday time?