German Approach

Germans are economical in their handling of resources. Suboptimal decisions require modification, which in turn depletes resources.

American Approach

Due to their abundant resources, Americans value rapid aggregation and deployment of resources in order to quickly take advantage of opportunities.

German View

Germans see Americans as wasteful. Waste limits the decision-making options of the team.

American View

The German need to plan their resources in great detail appears to Americans as too conservative.

Advice to Germans

Continue to be wary of rash decisions which will limit your room to maneuver. At the same time, use those resources available to you in order to take advantage of an opportunity. Decisions can offer real opportunities.

Advice to Americans

When involved in a joint decision, or in a recurring decision, enter into a dialogue with your German colleagues about the resources required. Be direct and specific in discussing exactly which resources will be tapped into by whom, when and at what costs.

Listen carefully to how they quantify the impact of a given decision on your organization's resources. Communicate your calculation clearly, also. You will arrive at a resource-allocation acceptable to both.