“Like a real French, I wished to have things solved, and quickly, and by myself (not to “disturb” my newly appointed manager). Yet the more I was trying to get problems resolved, the bigger they were getting. I was the only foreigner among Brazilians, and I realized that I was doing it the wrong way. My willing to help and to be efficient was perceived as arrogance, and in the end I understood that
1/ socially connect with Brazilians before requesting actions, even if those are professional
2/ involve your management to speak for you, this is a sign you respect hierarchy, especially if you are young.”