People expect to be valued for the contribution they bring to the team and the team leader or manager needs to reflect this in their approach to the team.

A team needs to have a clear idea of its purpose and goal and each team member needs to understand clearly what contribution they are expected to make.

Thus people prefer to be given outline guides and general instructions rather than to be micro-managed by the boss as an ongoing process. Such constant interest from the boss might be construed as interference or even as a lack of trust in the capabilities of the team member.

As Canadians place less emphasis on personal relationships in the work place that some other cultures, teams are able to be formed and disbanded quite quickly and relatively easily.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Canada

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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Overview

This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Canada. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Canada and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips