At first glance, the Russian mentality seems closed. But Russians only focus on the personal level: Only when a relationship is established will Russians be able to laugh from the bottom of their hearts.
Successful business in Russia can only be initiated through good personal relationships with your potential partners. You should keep in mind that Russians also want to get to know you as a person.
Don’t expect plain speaking in Russia. Instead, you have to read between the lines and, as it were, gather information on the fly.
“Na zdorowje!” Mr. Schmidt shouted out loud and threw his empty vodka glass over his shoulder. The glass broke, and his Russian business partners broke into loud laughter. Do not rely on outdated clichés.
You have made a business contact and your trip to Russia is imminent. You should be aware that your stay will not be limited to the conference room.
Figures, data, facts is what German business people have in their heads. Is this really true? Are Germans really stuck in our heads? Indeed, from the perspective of the Slavic culture it would appear to be so.