In the Netherlands, the key to understanding how first meetings, negotiations and collaborations with Dutch business people work best is to embrace egalitarian thinking.
In the Netherlands not only the country but also the hierarchies are flat. This makes the boss a primus inter pares, who always has to involve all team members, seek consensus and convince them of the meaningfulness of his plans. Understatement is mandatory here.
In the Netherlands, not only the land but also the hierarchies are flat. In spite of being the boss he or she is “primus inter pares”, a member of the team just like anybody else. Managers always involve all team members, seek consensus among them and convince everyone of the meaningfulness of a planned project.