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Beyond Chocolate By Margaret Oertig-Davidson

Beyond Chocolate

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Based on interviews with Swiss and international people who know well the ups and downs of life in Switzerland, this study presents the cultural attitudes of Switzerland's multifaceted society. It exposes different attitudes and potential misunderstandings about friendship, neighbourliness, being professional, and giving and getting compliments.
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Beyond Chocolate: Understanding Swiss Culture by Margaret Oertig-Davidson

Go beyond Swiss chocolate, beyond the initial fun and adventure of a new country and a new career to immerse yourself in the cultural attitudes of Switzerland's fascinating, multi-faceted society. These thought-provoking insights are based on extensive interviews with Swiss and international people who know well the ups and downs of life in Switzerland. These observations enable newcomers to better understand the perspectives of their Swiss neighbours, friends and international business colleagues. Margaret Oertig-Davidson conducts seminars at international Swiss companies and universities as an expert on relations between Swiss and English-speaking cultures. This engaging study exposes different attitudes and potential misunderstandings about friendship, neighbourliness, being professional, giving and getting compliments and criticism, parenting, schooling, being polite, entertaining, negotiating, decision making, business etiquette, team work, leadership, making plans, and much much more.

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About Margaret Oertig-Davidson


Margaret Oertig-Davidson is Scottish and has lived and worked in Switzerland since 1987, training business and professional people to communicate internationally. She has developed and conducted a range of cross-cultural seminars for international companies and universities, with a main focus on business relations between Swiss and English-speaking cultures. She lives near Basel with her Swiss husband and two daughters.

Table of Contents


Welcome to the party; Section one: What's it all about: 1. The peaches and the coconuts; 2. How people talk; 3. It's not personal; 4. Correct behaviour; 5. Dancing on the phone; 6. Language of the heart; Section two: Settling in locally: 7. Good fences make good neighbours; 8. Join the club; 9. Think local; 10. Entertaining; 11. Rules and social control; Section three: Children and culture: 12. Fostering self-reliance; 13. Self reliance and school; 14. Talking up space; Section four: The world of work: 15. English in international companies; 16. Plain speaking as an ideal; 17. Consensus and internal politics; 18. Understatement; 19. Business etiquette; 20. Small talk; 21. The 'Du' virus; 22. Ropes and networks; 23. Switzerland works; 24. Leadership; 25. Sticking to the plan; 26. Project team work; After the party; Appendix: Historical reasons for politeness; Notes; Index; About the author

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GOR003772310
Beyond Chocolate: Understanding Swiss Culture by Margaret Oertig-Davidson
Margaret Oertig-Davidson
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Bergli Books Ltd
2002-05-01
240
3905252066
9783905252064
N/A
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