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batye
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batye,
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8/4/2014 | 1:22:21 PM
Re: The "Howie Mandel Syndrome "
interesting point, as everything changing in time... approach of doing things changing to... how I see it
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/4/2014 | 1:12:39 PM
Re: Sacrifice...
Don't you think a fist bump is too casual for business encounters? I still think we could just nod or bow like the Japanese do. It's respectful, and you don't have to dash off to apply hand sanitizer.


@Glenbren- Well, the interesting thing is that something is as formal and respectful as society decides it is. If we as a group we started heading towards the fist bump in a decade or two it would be so normal people would forget that we used to shake hands. The first time I got hugged in a business setting it blew my mind. I've noticed it occuring more regularly. I'm *almost* used to it.
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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8/3/2014 | 6:50:14 PM
The "Howie Mandel Syndrome "
Thank you David for providing some figures to support what I would call the "Howie Mandel Syndrome". The handshake is so baked into societal norms - you look past the fact that you could be getting a major amount of germs during this 5 sec ritual.

I am all for the fist bump, and so far you will only see this in hipster business matters.    Interesting stuff no doubt.

Looks like Howie was light years ahead of most of us.
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jastroff,
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8/1/2014 | 11:15:22 AM
Re: or...
I agree about mutual trust/respect if the cultures recognize it.

 

But, next time I see @dave, fist bump it is.
glenbren
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glenbren,
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7/31/2014 | 10:56:10 PM
Re: Sacrifice...
Don't you think a fist bump is too casual for business encounters? I still think we could just nod or bow like the Japanese do. It's respectful, and you don't have to dash off to apply hand sanitizer.
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impactnow,
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7/31/2014 | 10:26:06 PM
Re: Sacrifice...
Two cheeks could be a double source of germ spreading--maybe a double fist bump will  keep everyone healthy in the winter!
impactnow
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impactnow,
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7/31/2014 | 3:17:13 PM
Reciprocal bumps
 

Dave I once worked for someone who would only fist bump. It was his standard greeting I have never personally initiated a fist bump in a professional setting but it's worth thinking about. I would be concerned about offending a client or associate. I think you need a certain level of familiarity with the person to initiate the fist bump. Sanitizer may be the other answer!
glenbren
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glenbren,
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7/31/2014 | 2:27:14 PM
Re: Sacrifice...
Here in Quebec we do the kiss on both cheeks thing once you're familiar.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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7/31/2014 | 11:34:27 AM
Re: Sacrifice...
@Glenbren: My guess is that it has something to do with the nonverbal communication that happens in a handshake, from the posture to the contact. Touch is a powerful communicator. Funny thing is, I've found that it's not unusual here in California for hugs to be exchanged in lieu of handshakes once you've reached a certain level of familiarity with a person. (Not in a creepy way). 
D.M. Romano
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D.M. Romano,
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7/31/2014 | 8:07:19 AM
Re: Sacrifice...
@Susan - Exactly. Now, should this Ebola virus thing start taking on the likes of the movie Outbreak, then sure, we might scale back on the physcial handshake for a season and take on the bow of the Japanese. 
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