Americans at Work: A Guide to the Can-Do People by Craig Storti

By Craig Storti

Even if you're employed with american citizens face-to-face, converse with them by way of mobilephone or electronic mail, or engage jointly in a digital group, american citizens at paintings finds the sophisticated and the not-so-subtle elements of yank tradition within the office. know about immediately speak, American type, and the way americans aren’t continually as direct as they are saying they're. discover why american citizens are deeply conflicted approximately energy: they crave it yet hate to be stuck yearning it. See how americans view outsiders. achieve assistance for succeeding within the American paintings surroundings. eventually, get the fundamentals of work-related etiquette: carrying out conferences, giving suggestions, nonverbal conversation, electronic mail principles, presents, taboo themes and so forth.

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People could no more change their station than they could suddenly sprout a third eye, and one’s duty in life was to keep the chain strong by fulfilling the responsibilities that came with his or her position. It was a world in which people did not shape their destiny but were shaped by it. But in the New World, all bets were suddenly off. There was no king, for one thing, nor were there many representatives of the other higher ranks (the well-off, by and large, did not emigrate), and as the social order began unraveling at the top, it likewise came apart down through the ranks.

Jeffrey Skilling, the disgraced former head of Enron corporation, knew how this game was played and was richly rewarded for playing it so well. “He . . pushed Enron to change constantly in a quest for the next new thing,” an article in the July 29, 2002, Washington Post observed.

Hence the great, often-noted tension in the American workplace, especially in the private sector, where one of the greatest sins — and a sure prescription for disaster — is to be satisfied with one’s performance. If the march of progress is truly unstoppable, then there are no rest areas on the road to success. American companies speak of “having an edge” or being “ahead of the curve,” by which they mean being the first to come up with a better product or a better way to do something, or being the first to see the potential in or otherwise take advantage of a new advance in science or technology.

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