chapter  1
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Scanning for Dragons

I was sitting in a meeting in Moscow recently, working wi th a Fortune 100 company. A large group of Russian, Ukrainian, and American managers were trying to work through some of the communication and operational difficulties they encountered in trying to put together joint ventures in several types of businesses. I had been working in Russia wi th several clients on a variety of projects since the beginning of perestroika and had recently published a book, co-authored wi th a Russian psychologist, on the topic of sociocultural barriers that hindered Russians and Americans in working together. Many of the issues being discussed, both rationally and quite emotionally, were issues wi th which I was familiar first hand.