In Japan, Defer to your elders
It's customary in a meeting in Japan to always direct one's
initial comments to the highest-ranking person present.
One never disagrees with him and always gives him his due
attention. When bowing -- the standard Japanese greeting
-- one should always bow deepest to the most senior man.
What it teaches us:
Japanese business culture values its elders for the wisdom
and experience they provide to the company. Age equals rank
in Japan, so the older the person, the more important he
How we can adapt it:
Defer to those with seniority, or above you in the corporate
ladder. If you disagree with a manager, express your grievances
in private, and never question his authority in front of
the group. Acknowledge that people are promoted to higher
levels because of their skill and experience (cronyism and