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St. Louis – Dec. 11, 2019

On December 11, 2019 I gave a keynote talk in St. Louis. It was the same talk I had given in Cologne on November 13: to a group of senior-level people – Germans and Americans – in the Strategy and Portfolio Management organization of a major German company with a very significant presence in the U.S.

The focus of my talk was on leadership. Not in the sense of the over-used buzzword, but instead about the very concrete, specific, day-to-day interaction between hierarchical levels, between team-leads and team-members. Here are the key points:

Who is John  in three mins.
About John Magee, an American who has lived and worked in Germany for thirty years.

What John does  in six mins.
John helps Americans and Germans to: understand cultural differences, discuss their impact on collaboration, define how best to work together.

Why we should care  in eight mins.
We need to understand cultural differences for three reasons: to get the job done, to sleep better at night (literally and figuratively), and to improve relations between countries.

Where we differ in thought, therefore action  in twenty-two mins.
Americans and Germans lead – and want to be led – differently. Comparing soccer to American football gives us insight into the differences.

What influence the differences have on collaboration  in eighteen mins.
The differences between the American and German leadership logics exert direct and constant influence on cross-Atlantic collaboration.

How we get cultural differences to work for and not against us  in four mins.
There are practical, pragmatic and effective ways to get the differences in the leadership logics to work for, instead of against cross-Atlantic  collaboration.