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November 2012

Business Writing

“In Okinawa, Honor Very Serious Business!”

In case you’re wondering, that’s the line Mr. Miyagi gave Daniel in Karate Kid II when trying to explain why they were going to have to fight some bad dudes to the death. I was reminded of this recently while dealing with some folks who were from two different cultures. In this situation, though, it wasn’t so much about “honor” as it was about “respect.” I had referred a very talented friend to a client for some freelance work but when my client tried to haggle with the price, my friend saw it as a sign of disrespect towards his…