How does explicit communication differ from implicit communication? Which is one culture that makes wide use of explicit communication? Implicit communication? Describe how one would go about conveying the following message in each of the two cultures you identified: “You are trying very hard, but you are still making too many mistakes.”
The difference between explicit and implicit communication is that in explicit communication, the meaning is said directly and needs no further explanation. Implicit communication is when the meaning is sort of hidden or not completely said. The United States for example uses explicit communication widely, and managers set objectives with timetables for accomplishment in quantitative terms. On the other hand, Japanese culture uses the implicit way of communication, and the responsibility is taken by more than one person, but by a team of employees that are responsible for a certain idea.
So by using explicit communication, an American manager might tell an employee “you are trying very hard, but you are still making too many mistakes.” Whereas a Japanese manager can say “your effort is admirable” and after that tell the employee about the mistakes he is making and how to fix them.