Magazine article Workforce

Culture Quiz

Magazine article Workforce

Culture Quiz

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Test yourself. How would you react under the following circumstances?

1. You extend your hand to Raj, but he bows slightly, closes his eyes, puts the palms of his hands together at chest level, murmurs "namaste," and then places a garland of flowers around your neck. You quietly take your seat, sensing all eyes at the table are on you.

Raj is greeting you in a traditional Indian manner. It's protocol for you to remove the garland of flowers before sitting down as a sign of humility.

2. After many months, you're finally invited into the office of your Indian contact. There's a third person seated off to the side, and you aren't introduced to him. You're cautious about what you say, not knowing who this "ghost person" is. What's going on?

This "ghost person" is probably a trusted friend or family member with whom your Indian contact will consult after your meeting. Don't inquire or introduce yourself. …

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