Testimonials

Ackerman, Charles
Senior Vice President – Human Resources
Robert Bosch – North America

“John Magee’s insights and approach to understanding cultural differences are invaluable for global companies. His pragmatic approach to sharing these insights and building collaboration will clearly be a game-changer for companies that need to leverage their diverse cultures.”
 
Bigott, Wolfgang
Managing Director – Bigott Consulting
Former Chief HR Officer Siemens Energy

“I have known John Magee for many years. We worked together closely and successfully on several projects. Our focus was on Germany-US collaboration, in particular on intercultural differences. John is highly professional. He believes strongly that cross-Atlantic collaboration can improve organizational performance. John’s work is not about social romantics, but instead focused on improving the bottom-line. He is the ideal partner to help minimize cultural friction and optimize collaboration.”

Boyse, Matthew
U.S. Consul General, 2006-09
North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

“John Magee is one of the most thoughtful observers of German and American cultural differences I have encountered in my years serving in Germany. John has developed practical insights and recommendations that improve engagement with the other culture, including for those who think they know the other side well, but who may not be as expert as they think.”

Broenner, Cornel
Executive Program Manager
Linamar Corporation

“John Magee knows what he is talking about. I have lived and worked for fifteen years in various locations around the United States, building German-American businesses, plants, and partnerships. John’s insight are spot-on. I share the long-form posts John has on LinkedIn with my American wife. Americans and Germans are dealing with the same basic challenges, whether in the business or private spheres. While it isn’t easy, one can make it work. And John Magee can help.”

Forstner, Dr. Christian
Founder and CEO
CFyouradvantage.com

“John Magee is truly American and German at the same time. He has turned two decades of experience in both cultures and business environments into very practical insights and value-adding recommendations for organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. John’s deep understanding is unique and I would consider his advice to be invaluable to any business that relies on US-German relations that really work.”

Kanthak, Werner
American Chamber of Commerce
North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

“Finally someone has taken on the complex and critical task of ensuring that Germans and Americans understand the deeper-lying differences in their approaches. This has been in the shadows for far too long. John Magee has made accessible his expertise and insights to a wide audience beyond senior-level management.”

Karwowski, Phil
Vice-President – Engineering and Technology
Siemens Energy

“John Magee is passionate about improving trans-Atlantic collaboration. Through his business practice integration, management seminars and now CI, Americans and Germans of diverse skills and backgrounds learn how to cooperate more effectively. Productivity is increased markedly.”

Kordus, Michael
Director – Europe and North America
NRW.INVEST GmbH

“For more than 25 years John has studied, lived and worked in Germany, with us Germans. His deep-dive into the complex relationship between Americans and Germans is the foundation of his expertise. There are very few Americans who understand Germany and the Germans as well as John Magee.”

Krüger, Andreas
Vice-President – Human Resources
SCHOTT Pharmaceutical Systems & Tubing

“Culture influences business! More than we think. Therefore, it’s key to understand each other and the different approaches of doing business in the countries. John Magee’s experiences are impressive and he has a deep understanding of both cultures. CI is a great tool to support Americans and Germans by explaining the complex influence of national cutlure on cross-border collaboration.”

Lockwood, Neville
Global Operational Excellence Director
Albemarle Corporation

“John Magee brings key insights into our international business environment. He is able to use examples of critical interactions from his own experience in the USA-Germany space as well as those from our colleagues. This is fundamental to John’s approach to illustrating the complexities of working across borders, backgrounds and cultures.”

Mayer, Linda
Former President & CEO
SCHOTT – North America

“John Magee has devoted his professional career to recognizing, understanding and providing practical solutions to the cultural differences between Americans and Germans in the business context. His insights are powerful in contributing to a productive work environment when dealing cross-culturally. John encourages the collaboration of professionals from both sides to address the intercultural issues in real-time.”

McQuiggan, James
Product and Solution Security Officer
Siemens Energy – Wind Service

“I had the pleasure of meeting John over ten years ago when he was teaching his Culture Influence program at Siemens. John provided insights one doesn’t find in books. He takes it a step further and adds each other’s perception. This kind of knowledge is only achieved through John’s many years spent in Germany. His program is outstanding and should be a requirement for anyone working in the USA-Germany business space.”

Muench, Uli
Global Vice-President
Industry Business Unit Automotive at SAP

“Having worked in and led multinational teams for most of my career, I realized early on that often the root cause of problems are different cultural frames of reference. John Magee possesses an in-depth understanding of the cultural differences between Germans and Americans. He takes a pragmatic approach to complex problems, applying an extraordinary ability to put himself in the shoes of the different players while remaining neutral. John has advised at the highest levels in both the private and the public sectors. I highly recommend his services.”

Raethel, Dr. Frank
Senior Consultant – Global Assignment Center
Deutsche Telekom

“CI is John Magee’s response to the question how Germans and Americans can successfully collaborate despite cultural differences. Diligent research, complex material carefully structured, didactic skill in selecting and utilizing the possibilities offered by a web-based platform, all these make CI what is: a valuable tool for Americans and Germans for whom partnership is mission-critical.”

Schult, William M.
Chief Financial Officer
Pro Mach Group, Inc.

“I am an American CFO with 30+ years professional experience working for a major DAX30 corporation and for private equity owned businesses globally, but particularly in the U.S. and in Germany. I am very familiar with the complexities of working in the trans-Atlantic space, especially when it comes to mergers and acquisitions. These complexities need to be understood and I know no one more knowledgeable and effective in this area than John Magee. He has an exceptionally unique background and has drilled through the thickest boards, as the Germans would say. Most importantly, John is on a mission to make sure that Americans and Germans understand each other, so that their collaboration succeeds. I am very proud to be able to highly recommend John.”

Schweitzer, Hans
Lieutenant Colonel – retired
German Armed Forces

“CI is a unique, exceptionally well-researched, platform for Germans and Americans in the business or the military context. CI drills through the thickest boards, revealing often very subtle differences in thinking. CI offers an optimal combination of analysis, real-world examples, discussions and guidance. It is a must for professionals operating in the German-American space.”

von der Wense, Gero
Former CEO
ITT Bornemann GmbH

“After a challenging integration I looked back and reflected on what could have gone terribly wrong. Communication and cultural integration were the two most important topics which came into my mind. Your advice and guidance, John, were instrumental!”

Walter, Charles
Senior Learning and Development Specialist
BASF North America

“I have known John Magee for more than five years and have always found him to be very business oriented, knowledgeable of the intercultural arena, and hard working. John’s cultureinfluences.com is a marvel of ingenuity, cultural savvy and thoroughness. Anyone who would benefit from cultural insight needs to work with John.”

Wegman, John
Managing Director – Switzerland
Iron Mountain

“Cultural issues confronting global businesses are all too often pushed to the side because they are difficult to quantify on the P&L. However, when companies get them wrong the cost is very significant. One need only look to the news. John Magee has the unique ability to identify, analyze and link cultural differences to real business problems, enabling companies to understand and solve them.”