In some cultures, the use of enthusiasm to inspire, engage and motivate make sense. Some, not all. Not even most. Beware.
The use of enthusiasm to inspire, engage and motivate certainly cannot be applied universally.
It is very hard for wow-wowers to acknowledge how punishing cheer-leading and wow wowing can be to those people with different cultural assumptions than those cultures which wow wow.
Here are a few indications where enthusiasm needs to be curtailed.
1) In detailed driven cultures, enthusiasm is seen as lack of attention to details, and this glosses over the “real issues” critical to success. (Japan, Israel, Germany)
2) In cultures where cynicism as opposed to optimism is an inspiring force. (FSE, Eastern Europe)
3) In cultures where excess verbiage may be seen as noisy. (Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines)
4) In situations where enthusiasm is perceived as “asking ME to take risks” in an unsafe environment.
5) When the wow–wower bearing good news flies in on Monday and leaves on Thursday.
6) In pragmatic cultures which emphasise that doing is more important than talking. (Holland, Germany, Israel)
7) In paranoid cultures, where exuding enthusiasm means “someone is lying to me” (FSU, China)
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