Mastering The Sports Of Global Business

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As any business leader can tell you, it’s not always easy to have a smooth, productive business interaction with people from other cultures and there are invariably different customs and expectations to be aware of. In a tough business environment, then, how can we learn to compete and win on the world stage?   One key, I’ve found, is to draw inspiration from the world of sports.

Tip #1: Learn the rules of the game.
Just like an athlete learns the playbook, you need to learn the rules for any situation you find yourself in. These rules differ widely across cultures. Take small talk, for example. In many cultures and especially those with more formal rules for communication and a strong emphasis on social hierarchy it’s taboo to make casual conversation with your boss. The same goes for performance feedback. In Germany, people are used to direct and concise feedback, without the positive ego-stroking that Americans find to be a critical part of the process. Think of notoriously direct New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick telling one of his receivers point-blank that he ran the wrong route during a playoff game. That’s how a German boss might provide feedback and how employees expect it but it’s very different from what Americans are used to in the workplace. So, Tip #1 is to learn the rules of the game. Continue reading Mastering The Sports Of Global Business

Barca File Complaint Against Former Real Players

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Barcelona have filed a formal complaint against two former Real Madrid players turned pundits after they suggested Barca forward Neymar deserved the kick he received from Real midfielder Isco in this month’s La Liga ‘Clasico’.
Isco, who had come on as a substitute 10 minutes into the second half of Barca’s 4-0 win at the Bernabeu, lashed out in apparent frustration at Neymar in the 85th minute and was shown a straight red card.

According to Barca, former Real players Manolo Sanchis and Poli Rincon “publically and repeatedly justified the aggression” on Spanish radio and the club said on Monday they had filed a complaint with a Spanish government commission that seeks to combat violence in sport.
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