It’s difficult not to recognise the success of American companies or should we say…the supremacy of the American corporate culture. What makes American companies so succesful?
Here are some possible explanations:
- Commitment – Americans don’t go to the ball to listen to the music, they go to run the show.
- Winning – winning is not a taboo in American culture. It’s considered an achievement.
- Entrepreneurs – American learn to undertake from a very young age.
- Failure – Failure is not an handicap, it’s not a drama. It’s part of a learning curve. It’s a source of valuable hands-on experience.
- Decision-taking – They can take quick decisions without having to consult their mother, grand-mother and board of directors.
- Just do it – Americans take action. The plan doesn’t have to be complete or perfect. All questions don’t have to be answered. Risk is part of the journey.
- Responsibility – Americans are not afraid of taking their responsibility because failure is not a drama, it’s part of the learning curve.
- Disruptive – Americans invented the disruptive business model. If it’s established, it can be kicked over.
- English language – they have the advantage of being native speaker in the international business language.
- International Culture – they know how to deal with the rest of the world. They accept and understand cultural differences.
- Differences – they accept and are open to individual differences. We don’t have to come from the same mould.
- Hierarchy – American companies don’t have rigid hierarchy. All their senior directors are approachable.
- Experience – they have experience in all of the above. It’s engraved in their DNA.
- Generosity – The American economy is a tipping culture. They’re used to give tips. They know how to spend money.
- Marketing – They know the true value of marketing.
- Are Americans just too cool for school?