Last night at random curry house (don't get me started!) in Covent Garden. At the table:
2 partners from across the pond (though one lives in London)
1 clueless American associate (CAA)
3 very middle England junta (MEs)
ME1: When is R coming back?
R is a junior analyst staffed in a New York project for the past few months.
Visting Partner: Never!
ME2: But we want her back.
VP: We are keeping her. You have no idea how happy the clients are with her.
ME2: Good for her.
VP: Its not her really. I put her in front of clients and the minute she starts talking, it oozes credibility. Instant respect like I have never seen before.
Moi (you know I am smart): Of course. The accent.
VP: Yep. Give me a Brit to replace her and she can come back.
CAA: Do you think the reverse is true? When we have an American on the team, does it help here?
I was going to say something appropriate (Or inappropriate in keeping up with my reputation) but the American-in-London Partner said:
"Of course. It works both ways. Lot of respect for each other on both sides of the pond"
Not kidding. He actually said that. CAA nodded diligently. The three MEs caught each others' eyes for a nanosecond. Then ME1 found something very interesting in his plate for the next three minutes. ME2 looked up at the ceiling for a full minute. ME3 had to excuse himself and run to the restroom.