Korean Etiquette and Ethics in Business by Boye Lafayette De Mente

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1994, 1988 by Boye Lafayette De Mente All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of NTC Publishing Group. Manufactured in the United States of America. -Korea Business Treaty Following the Leader The Red Tape Syndrome The Most Important Ministry The Powerful MTI Keeping a Lid on Lawyers The Law and Business What Kind 36 Page vi of Company Is Best?

As silly as it might seem, foreign business executives expecting to go to Korea should first lock themselves in their bathroom (or go out in the desert, open fields, or mountains) and practice belting out two or three oldies. Singing allows the foreigner to engage in an institutionalized part of the eating and drinking Page 27 ceremonies of Koreans, when they relax, unwind, enjoy themselves, and do the psychic communication that is so important to their emotions, spirit, moodand image of other people.

In the words of Carole Alexander, a long-time resident and former director of public relations for the Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul: ''There are so many things, good and bad, that are so different, so unexpected that life here is far more intense than back home. " She added: "Most Koreans try so hard to please, to accommodate. " Another positive characteristic that Alexander singled out is Koreans' innate honesty. "It is fearsome," she said. "A taxi driver will hunt for hours to find a passenger who left money in his cab.

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