Working under an Israeli manager may prove a challenge for the non-Israeli, although most people I have interviewed very much learnt to appreciate some of Israeli management quirks. Following are the top things to expect, and a suggestion of what to do in italics.
- They expect their decisions to be questioned, so feel free to express your opinion, even after the decision was made.
- They work very hard and long hours, texting and emailing all the time. State your limits in no uncertain terms.
- They are compassionate so if you have a personal issue, open up and ask for time off, help, whatever. In return, they expect loyalty, eg, not quitting before an important milestone.
- They are not all that politically correct. Get used to it.
- Praise sounds like ‘not bad’. Never expect gushing praise, because that is seen as unreal and too American.
- Failure is an option so take risks. Don’t fear repercussion from failure.
- Planning is seen as ok up to a point, but it’s also seen as a ritualistic waste of time. So plan yes, but don’t exaggerate.
- They view process as nice to have, but human ingenuity as critical. Don’t hide behind a process you think is wrong.
- Israeli managers care more about content then pyrotechnics. Get the facts across as concisely as possible and as accurately as possible.
- Israelis are not patient people. Get to the point.
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