Three Key Questions

Dr. Christian Forstner is a former executive at Siemens. He consults global companies. Christian recently co-founded Excellence Talks. I’ve known him for twenty years. Christian did three interviews with me. This is the first interview.

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How John serves

DIY I guide organizations through the DIY process. Step by step. So that everything goes smoothly. That guidance is always customized. Based on the organization’s unique situation. However, the goal is do it yourself. Independence from consultants. Internal and external. Including me. DIY Now I am available to support personally, directly. Individuals or teams. On […]

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What people say

Ackerman, Charles  Senior Vice President – Human ResourcesRobert 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.” Boyse, Matthew Deputy Assistant Secretary […]

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About

Germans – Americans I am an American who has mastered the German language, studied their history, lived and worked in their culture for three decades. I am an historian by training, having received my B.A. from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and an M.A. from Die Freie Universität in Berlin. In Germany since 1988, I reside […]

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Book

I began writing this book in January 2009. It was completed in eighty days. It is based on my experiences supporting the post-merger integration of Westinghouse Power Corp. into Siemens, at that time the largest acquisition in the history of Siemens. The twenty characters in the story are based on real people. Americans and Germans. […]

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Philadelphia

Friday evening Otto John raises the ultimate question. Sheehan and Haupt swear each other allegiance. They meet at the City Tavern, corner of 2nd and Walnut Streets, a stone’s throw away from the Delaware River. From 1774 to 1777 the conspiratorial meeting place for the leaders of the revolution against British rule. Washington, Adams, Jefferson, […]

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Not Addressed

There are reasons why global companies do not address culture. Reasons which are reasonable, rational, logical, human, deeply human. However many things we do which are reasonable, are not reasonable enough, not rational enough, not logical enough. Many things we do are human, but not human enough. We need to face problems. And one of those […]

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No Support

I just did a previous string of videos explaining why global companies make the mistake of not addressing culture. There are people within global companies who sense the differences between cultures, differences in how they think and how they work. These people know that there is enormous influence of culture, and they want to address […]

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“Us against Them”

Circling the Wagons You are Americans. You are Germans. Your companies have been merged. Collaboration is key to your success. Let’s talk about loyalty. It’s a big word, a really big word. Who are you loyal to? Yes, I am asking you who are you loyal to? To your respective companies? Germans to the German […]

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