Global Leadership: How to Work Effectively with Germany

Gain valuable insight on Germany’s cultural values that drive business behaviors.
People & Culture / Talent Management

ExecSense Work With Germany

Format          50 Minute Lesson
Chapters       7
Skill Level     New to Topic
Audience      C-Suite
Includes       Access for 1 year. Stream on all devices.

Course Description

In this lesson, RW³ CultureWizard and ExecSense examine German work styles and corporate culture. Take the 50 minutes to view this lesson to learn about the German approach to teamwork, communication, and project management.

This 7-chapter lesson is led by an expert on the topic, Ina Baum (Partner – Rod & Baum), and focuses on why the largest national economy in Europe is driven by uncertainty and what its people do to combat that.

In this 50-minute session, you will learn:

  • An overview of German culture’s major dimensions, how they drive business behavior, and what impact they have on communication; the importance of order, formality, and schedules
  • A comprehensive breakdown of the three major challenges expatriates face working in Germany: doing things the “right way,” practicing business formality, and project planning to German expectations
  • Why punctuality, preparedness, and proper time management are fundamental aspects of German business culture
  • An analysis of the impact of formality in Germany (practical and philosophical); why uncertainty is a driver of German society and how formal rules seek to combat that cultural anxiety; how formalized rules tend to affect not only dress and business approaches, but even thought patterns
  • The difference between the “German way” and the “American way,” and how to rectify discord to retain credibility and gain trust in professional matters

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ExecSense Speaker

Ina Baum
Partner, Rod & Baum
Intercultural Business

ExecSense_Ina Baum

Ina Baum is one of the world`s foremost intercultural specialists. She has spent most of her working life in management positions outside of her native Germany, spanning marketing positions in multinational corporations from Mexico to Hong Kong.

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Combining hands- on management knowledge with intercultural competence has been a main driver for Ina, always looking for the optimal intercultural team performance.

An intercultural management consultant since 1995, she is known for her expertise in the field of intercultural leadership competence, internationalization strategies and the development of executive high performance teams.

Ina has worked and lived in the USA and France, and has travelled and worked in more than 35 countries. Through her work with a cross-section of industries spanning cement, manufacturing to FMCG, Ina is known for her relentless commitment to her clients` needs and successes. Ina speaks fluent German, English and French.

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