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During a World War I joint forces strategy meeting between French and American senior officers—long before the concept of globalization as we know it in business—a French officer commented: “We’d better inform our British colleagues of the outcome of our meeting.”
His American counterpart asked, “Why? Nothing we discussed involves them.”
“It is a matter of diplomatic courtesy,” replied the Frenchman.
“Diplomatic courtesy is nothing but hot air,” replied the American.