Books

  • Mary Beth Lamb has co-authored the acclaimed “Do´s and Taboos Around the World for Women in Business.”The book provides guidance on:  Survival: knowing the culture, protocol, safety, and staying healthy   Cultural differences: a country-by country listing of the rules for proper dress, speech, table manners, etc.   Climbing the career ladder: Resources listing the best schools, courses and language training, advice on

    finding  mentors & more.   Personal issues: Dating rules in different cultures, balancing an international career and family life, dealing with harassment & discriminationFrom meeting protocol and sexual harassment to dining and gift giving, the rules for conducting business abroad can be dramatically different from those at home- and they can also vary from country to country. But with this indispensable resource, you´ll have everything you

    need to successfully interact with your business counterparts, whether you´re doing business in Caracas, Calcutta, or Copenhagen.(Excerpt from the books back cover)One reader wrote:“Do's and Taboos Around the World for Women in Business" is a highly interesting book, and one that is likely to prove useful for women who need to travel abroad for business reasons. Moreover, it is quite engaging, due to the fact that the authors combine practical advice with funny anecdotes about

    women working in international business”

    written by Mary Beth Lamb

    Mary Beth Lamb Advice on successfully doing business in different countriese

  • Brian Szepkouski has co-authored "Business Passport to Japan: Maximizing Your Success in the 21st Century" The book provides in-depth knowledge of how to successfully seize the opportunities of Japanese business life through a knowledge of Japans specific cultural challenges.Nemawashi: Groundwork (literally, binding the roots for transplant)This refers to the process of consensus building to make decisions through preliminary meetings and confidential one-on-one consultations. The actual

    meeting of a decision-making group, therefore, should harbor no surprises and may in fact be a kind of rubber stamp ritual.High level Western executives have often asked, "Why do we need meetings before and after the actual meeting?" This strikes them as redundant. Yet for Japanese it is important to plant the seed of an idea in another person's mind and allow it to grow. This prevents blind-siding, catching someone off guard and big surprises in group meetings. Nemawashi, there can be see

    as a tool to preserve relationship and save face.Tip: don't expect to brainstorm or hash out problems with your Japanese partners during group meetings. Instead, be willing to incorporate nemawashi into your trans-Pacific decision-making processes. The increased time commitment to float an idea with more than one key figure in an organization should even be reflected in your business plan.

    Brian Szepkouski and Sue Shinomiya Business Passport to Japan: Maximizing Your Success in the 21st Centry (2002)