It's been 12 hours since your last bite to eat. Your stomach growls angrily as you meet the host who will take care of all your needs while you prepare to sign a big contract with his company. He takes you out to dinner at a nice restaurant--please tell me you didn't just order a steak!Yes, you're a carnivore and it is on the menu, but consider that your host may be higher caste Hindu and that to them eating cows is a big religious no-no. (And yes, contrary to other popular opinion, Indians do eat beef.) Where deals are struck with partners in other countries every day, an awareness of potential cultural issues can help you close the deal. Below is a list of 10 common faux pas that you shouldn't make when in India as submitted by international business people. 1. Don't assume you can use a person's first name--in many parts of the country it's considered rude. 2. Take off your shoes at people's homes, places of worship and even in some shops and businesses. Rule of thumb: If you see shoes near the door, assume you should take yours off too. 3. Don't eat beef. 4. Don't accept or give anything with your left hand. (For reasons that I'd rather not go into here.) 5. Don't expect people to disagree. "Indians generally don't like to accept that they don't know/understand something...and agree to all that we say" says Pooja Shah. So make sure to dig deeper to make sure you're understood and that what you're asking is doable. 6. Don't refuse hospitality. 7. Don't be offended by debate. "We really like to argue and debate every small point in any topic/conversation, says Manish Mehta. "It's especially important that people end the conversation feeling they made a few good points." And when looking specifically at the business side, some cultural differences are critical: 1. Don't ignore hierarchy in the workplace. 2. Failure is not accepted as a part of trying to do something and learning in the process, as a consequence, doing something or recommending something out of the norm may often not go well. 3. Write down your instructions. Verbal communication is treated as uncertain. Obviously, this isn't an exhaustive list. Tell us about the cultural mistake you made--or observed--in the comments section below. Don't you wish someone had shared their experiences with you before you became the laughingstock of the water cooler brigade?
Latest News Articles
- Thousands of sites compromised through WordPress plug-in vulnerability
- EU hears Google, Microsoft, Yahoo on 'right to be forgotten'
- Europeans call for a single EU copyright to get more access to online services
- Hackers steal user data from the European Central Bank website, ask for money
- Lenovo shows smart glasses prototype as it seeks hardware partners
Most Popular Articles
- 1 What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- 2 Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- 3 Windows 7 Home Premium vs. Windows 7 Professional
- 4 How do I connect my TV to the Internet?
- 5 How to play DVD movies on your Nintendo Wii
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
Best Deals on GoodGearGuide
- Notebooks View all »
- 24% off $529.95
- Tablets View all »
- Mobile Phones View all »
- TVs View all »
- Digital Cameras View all »