Honest, direct, and spritually stimulating conversation are
three of the main descriptive factors important to Indian managers.
While these three factors are by no means a complete guide, they are helpful.
By being honest, respect is shown to fellow business people. The
opposing negotiatiors have done their homework, and know the issues as
well as you do, so lying to them insults their intelligence and work ethic.
Direct conversation does away with most of the time-consuming "kissing-up
nonsense" that is so common in many situations. By turning a conversation
to acknowledge the spiritual ideals of each culture, a deeper understanding
can be reached. This also shows that you have done your homework
into their cultural ideals, and that you respect them that much more.
These factors will go a long way to basing a more sound business relationship
with Indian mnagers.
Topics To Avoid
Topic to avoid are rather rare, as many Indians are very
open people, having very little to hide. In general, avoid the following
three topics in the beginning of a relationship...after time, these topics
may well be openly discussed:
1.) The poor economic and literacy value of their majority of
their people as opposed to the well-educated, wealthy few,
2.) Current religious tensions between Muslims, Hindus and Sunis,
3.) Issues directly relating to Britich occupation before India's
declaration of independence.
Good Topics Of Conversation
Good topics of conversation include the improving economy,
cultural leaders such as Ghandi, technology being incorporated into society,
and ways to improve the welfare of the masses while still being beneficial
to all those involved witht he project.