Conducting Business in Germany General Business Practices Personality Traits: ÃÂ· Sensitive to criticism. Avoid embarrassing them at all costs ÃÂ· Very private. Never discuss personal matters during business negotiations. Try to develop good relations, especially for long-term business association.
ÃÂ· Emotional. When challenged, Germans may become very emotional ÃÂ· Logical. Germans do not like to change their ways of conducting business unless a better way is proven ÃÂ· Flexibility. Germans are not very flexible and are not very excepting to risks.
Punctuality: ÃÂ· Arriving on time is a must. Being only minutes late is a grave insult.
ÃÂ· If you must be late, it is essential to contact the person you are meeting with a reasonable explanation for your tardiness ÃÂ· Casually changing times or locations of meetings is unacceptable Meetings ÃÂ· Plan for meetings well in advance. Allow 2 weeks to a month when scheduling a meeting ÃÂ· Preferred times for meetings are between 11:00AM and 1:00PM or between 3:00PM and 5:00PM ÃÂ· Do not schedule meetings on Friday afternoons.
Some offices close between 2:00PM and 3:00PM on Fridays ÃÂ· Be sensitive to festival periods. Also, Germans take long vacations during July, August and December.
General Meeting Practices ÃÂ· Very serious. Joking is considered only appropriate while socializing ÃÂ· Decision making is very slow and detailed ÃÂ· Avoid interruptions ÃÂ· Only top management makes final decisions ÃÂ· Contracts are taken very serious. Anything is writing is concrete ÃÂ· Do not break rules. They are taken very seriously and punishment will follow if rules are broken ÃÂ· Decisions can be made at meetings, but when they are made, they are final ÃÂ· Women are treated as equals in Germany, but don?t usually have high positions ÃÂ· Doors are always remained closed. Make sure to knock when entering a room Government...