Teams work best under the supervision of an authoritative leader who can generate enthusiasm and a sense of loyalty to the team as well as giving a clear focus and direction for each team member.
Teams which are not given such clear guidance and allocated structure can become prey to a strong sense of individualism which may result in each team member doing their own thing with little reference to the rest of the team.
Due to the relationship nature of the approach to work in Italy, once a strong team has been forged it is not a good thing to dismember it – rather look for other projects for the family. Try to foster the team spirit with social events – preferably centred on good food.
Written and Produced by Keith Warburton
Despite Italy’s much publicised economic difficulties, following the global banking crisis, it remains a vibrant and attractive economy which not only has an active export base but which is also open to new products and new ideas from abroad. Doing business in Italy has proved highly successful for scores of global companies – and will continue to do so as the country continues to grow at a steady rate.
Italy has a well-educated and discerning consumer base as well as a vibrant manufacturing sector with thousands of SME’s producing a wide range of high-quality goods across a number of sectors. Both the Italian consumer base and SME companies need new products and services and are actively looking to work with international partners who can add value to their lives. If you are not doing business in Italy at the moment, you should start to scan the market for opportunities as soon as possible.
Italy represents an attractive opportunity but that does not mean everything will be plain sailing when you get there. Like all countries, Italy has a distinct and unique business culture. Don’t expect business in Italy to function like things do ‘back home’.
Italian business is very relationship oriented and who you know is incredibly important. How are you going to make those all-important first connections and, when you meet them, how will you make a good impression? Are you speaking to the right person within a prospect organisation? How effectively will you be able to communicate your ideas and what are the ‘hot-buttons’ in Italy? These issues could mean the difference between success and failure.
This country profile provides an overview of some of the key aspects of Italian business culture in a concise, easy to follow-format. The document includes information on: