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It is impolite to speak Chinese as some other non-Chinese colleagues are around. So I have to talk my Chinese colleague by avoiding others. This is not a good thing. That others don't complaint does not mean that I do the right thing. However, if I stick to speaking English, my Chinese colleague always misunderstand me and the project will be delayed.
I can give you an example. We are doing projects for dentists. Each dentist office has some chairs and each chair has a number called chair number, just as each person in Canada has a SIN number. We have a stored procedure that is used to select chairnumber and some other information. My colleague insisted saying "My understanding is that chair number means how many chair an office has...". I spent 30 minutes to explain what the bunisess is but she still insisted she was right. I teold her that one could not confuse chair count and chair number, but she had no ears.. Finally, I told her "whatever you though it is right, you just go ahead and finish your task as soon as possible". Unfortunately, after two day's fussing, she did not make any process and had to come back to me.... People may criticise me for not being kind. But if all of my team players treat me this way, I will be kicked off the track sooner or later. Recently, we hired some contractors. I explicitly told them they must follow my instructions and finsih their task in time. Otherwise, I will walk them out.
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