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How to communicate with Americans

The Children of Immigrants: Scapegoats or Treasures?

Simple Simon Says The Children of Illegal Immigrants Should Not Be Be Treated Like Criminals By Simple Simon The other day Simple Simon read about plight of an honor student–let’s call her Lisa.  Lisa is a senior at a state … Continue reading

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America Goes To War…Too Often, Too Easily

What You Say When Someone Tells You That The US Needs To Attack Iran or Send Troops to Syria by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Tell them that the decision to send the American military anywhere needs to be a Congressional decision. … Continue reading

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How To Do Business With Americans: Cross-Cultural Factors

Understanding Americans: The New Social Contract by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Competitiveness is the mantra. For American companies to keep up with Chinese operations that get workers for a few dollars a day, American workers  have grudgingly accepted the view that … Continue reading

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How To Understand Americans: Freedom and Equality

The American National Character:Its Core Values by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. “All men are created equal” is a centerpiece of the Declaration of Independence, and was a watchword of the American Revolution. Common people were fully capable of managing their own … Continue reading

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Doing Business With Americans: Anti-Intellectualism

How To Do Business With Americans:  America Has An Anti-Intellectual Streak by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. In America intellectuals get acceptance from the public, sometimes even admiration,  but never anything approaching the deep respect that scholars receive in some societies. Part … Continue reading

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Simple Simon Says: What Politicians Do

Simple Simon Says Politicians Are Like Actors In A Play Simple Simon recently came upon a great quotation about the nature of politics.  It is something that Simple Simon hopes a lot of Americans read, because most Americans are too … Continue reading

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How To Do Business With Americans: Servants

If You Live In America, Learn To Get Along Without Servants by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. In many parts of the world, particularly in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, servants are a commonplace. Even middle-class families have servants in Pakistan and  … Continue reading

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How To Do Business With Americans: Choose The Right Location

It’s Not Just What You Do, Or How You Do It, But Where You Do It by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. There’s a saying in America among realtors:  Consider three things when you buy property—location, location, location. If you plan to … Continue reading

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Doing Business With Americans: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Americans are Results-Oriented by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. My teacher years ago was the  owner of a prominent  radio station that was the lead station for my syndicated show “The Achievement Digest.”   I had asked him to listen to a … Continue reading

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How To Do Business With Americans: Team Building

What You Can Learn About Team Building From Watching The Super Bowl by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. The individual is at the core of American thinking about virtually everything. Typically, the individual will be more important than the family, although individuals … Continue reading

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