In any given culture, the activities that take place in daily life are of utmost importance as this describes and defines their way of life; culture and traditions. The German culture is well known for their meticulousness in their planning. Germans are known for following rules and laws set, and this helps them in knowing what is required and plan accordingly to meet the expectations. For Germans, once a proper way to carry out a task has been established, creating an alternative way of doing it is not necessary. Planning means that there is clear marking of boundaries between work and personal life. Working hours for Germans have to be followed strictly. In the event that an individual goes past the working hours, then it is said the individual did poor planning.
Secondly, Germans are keen on establishing facts and logic concerning an issue at hand. This has led to the German culture being branded as a stubborn culture. This is because Germans deem objective facts as essential in making long lasting decisions and in problem solving. Personal relations do not play a part in decision making but rather logic and critical scrutiny of information play the key role (Schmidt 41).
Americans, on the other hand, are quick to making up their minds especially in business. They do not take their time to carry out scrutiny on information as the Germans would do. When it comes to planning, Americans do not place much value to punctuality and staying on schedule. Events happen at their convenience unlike the Germans who focus at one activity at a time.
Schmidt, Patrick L.. Understanding American and German business cultures: a manager's guide to the cultural context in which American and German companies operate. Rev. 2nd ed. Montreal: Meridian World Press, 2001. Print.