"I'd like to thank Allyson Stewart-Allen for her much-needed insight into working with Americans. While the US may be our second largest export market, insights from an insider are always most welcome. Thank you very much for that."
HRH The Princess Royal, President of UK Fashion Exports
Working With Americans is an essential primer that will give global businesses that seek American partners, employees, colleagues, or clients, an understanding of, and appreciation for, the diversity and complexity of the American business environment.
Stewart-Allen and Denslow are the Alexis de Tocqueville's of the 21st century. Their fascinating work illuminates why Americans think and act as they do and provides clear guidelines on how to be effective in playing to these preferences and business practices so as to build more effective and profitable relationships. Just as importantly, their perceptions show Americans how they are viewed by the world at large, also providing them with invaluable insights into building more effective and profitable relationships with businesses abroad.
Lydia Morris Brown, Business Book Review
"This book helps navigate the minefield that goes with working in America!" Hugh Cornwell
Singer/Songwriter (formerly, The Stranglers)
"Working with Americans is an essential primer that will give global businesses that seek American partners, employees, colleagues, or clients, an understanding of, and appreciation for, the diversity and complexity of the American business environment. Stewart-Allen and Denslow are the Alexis de Tocqueville's of the 21 st century. Their fascinating work illuminates why Americans think and act as they do and provides clear guidelines on how to be effective in playing to these preferences and business practices so as to build more effective and profitable relationships. Just as importantly, their perceptions show Americans how they are viewed by the world at large, also providing them with invaluable insights into building more effective and profitable relationships with businesses abroad."
John Fayad, CEO & Publisher, Business Books Review Inc.
"With American multinationals spreading their tentacles into the furthest corners of the globe, there are thousands of managers who will surely benefit from immersing themselves in what amounts to a corporate survival handbook. There's lots of sensible advice for doing business with Americans."
Sunday Times Book of the Week
"As Allyson Stewart-Allen and Lanie Denslow point out in Working with Americans, the workplace can appear hostile when colleagues are afraid to engage in a friendly embrace. 'Even with people whom you know socially, where a hug and even a kiss is your normal greeting, in the workplace, it's a handshake and a nod' they write."
"The authors did a good job of making a trans-Atlantic business culture comparison. Their fellow countrymen appear in a straight-forward, ,direct and objective light. The impression: America Inc. has less time and money to give away than Deutschland AG or Britain Plc which leads to quicker results."
Financial Times Deutschland
"The one whole interesting area that Working with Americans addresses a lot, is the relationship beyond the purely functional work relationship. What I like is at the end of each chapter, there's words to live by… and learning that he who asks the questions is in control!"
CNN Business International programme
"Now, just to make sure you avoid those commercial faux pas, there's a book to help you."
BBC World Service, World Update programme
"Two Americans look at how US culture reveals itself in a business environment. They consider how businesses work, how this often reflects US history and the attitudes of the Founding Fathers and other immigrants and how an outsider should operate when in the US. Includes section on social etiquette and language."
The Times, Stuart Crainer Bookshelf column
"Working with Americans not only does what it says on the tin, but is funny with it!"
Blackfriar's Diary, Daily Express newspaper
"A Book that successfully (and humorously) attempts to demystify American corporate culture."
The Business newspaper
"Doing business in the States cannot really be compared with venturing into the Far East, the Arab world or Africa. But there are differences in approach; some are subtle mannerisms whilst others are profoundly attitudinal. Forewarned is forearmed."
International Trade Today magazine
"An informative new book serves as an 'instruction manual' for non-Americans on how to succeed in business with people from the US. Written by Allyson Stewart-Allen and Lanie Denslow, 'Working with Americans' sheds abundant light on the US business culture, explaining how to identify potentially deal-breaking differences in values, etiquette and language and how best to capitalize on them."
American Management Association
"When doing business or working with Americans, an appreciation of their behaviours, culture and business etiquette can greatly enhance your chances of success." Management Centre Europe
The Executive Issue newsletter
"This book is useful for those encountering Americans for the first time, as well as old hands. Each chapter of Working with Americans explains what you're going to learn and on the whole, it delivers powerfully. From the history of the country through to what to wear at lunch meetings, this is a delightful book."
"There are even more things that organizations need to bear in mind when doing business with the US, following September 11. Working from home and massively reduced international travel is now the norm for Americans. At work there is tighter data security, personal security and employee tracking and les entrepreneurial and marketing activities in large companies."
"How can you succeed in business, American style? Take on board top advice from an expert"
Bloomberg TV, Style programme "A Special Relationship: Toby Young and Allyson Stewart-Allen. How To Lose Friends and Alienate People is Young's account of the five years he spent steadily working his way down the New York food chain, from Vanity Fair editor to crash-test dummy for interactive sex toys. Pity he never read Working with Americans by the Californian über-consultant Allyson Stewart-Allen. Pick up a double decaff latte and a Danish, and pull up a chair at the ringside ..."
Hay Literary Festival catalog
"…For an American, it's a fascinating insight into what you always thought was just a personal peculiarity and now realize is a cultural characteristic. For a non-American the book will clear up such mystifying behaviors as volume of speech, approach to deadlines, etiquette at a business lunch and proper business dress code. The authors open by briefly discussing how everything from geography to the pioneer tradition influences the way business is done in the US. Good use of quotes, anecdotes and cartoons to illustrate each chapter."
"…In a very light hearted way and with a great sense of humour, through multiple examples and inspirational citations, you embark on an intriguing journey which gets you better, stronger, long and profitable relationships with Americans."
Marketing magazine, Book of the Week
Book review by PY Gerbeau, Chief Executive, Escape Ltd
"Working with Americans makes it plain that they are an ocean apart. Entrepreneurs, including those who fail, fail and fail again are venerated. The US has a lot to learn from the UK bout the ethics of accounting; when it comes to an attitude to innovation and enterprise, we could do worse than be a little like them."
"This is an excellent guide to American business culture and attitudes… An easy read that clearly sets out the subtle ways in which Americans differ and even does so with a hint of delicate humour."
Marketing Business magazine
"Go to any book shop in the world and the shelves of the business guide section will be growling louder than any other. Here, our own guru gives you the top ten tips."
British Airways Business Life in-flight audio programme
"American author Allyson Stewart-Allen says there are now even more things that organizations need to bear in mind when doing business with the US, following September 11"
Professional Manager magazine