Does this sound familiar? Poor work is blamed on living conditions, the ineptitude of the locals, and a backward culture. You hear about how dreadful the locals are from a group of displaced expats. People generally try to avoid the local culture unless it’s absolutely necessary. These are extreme indications that your expatriate partners are failing at their job: They haven’t integrated with local culture, and they likely never will. Consider the costs: Lost sales opportunities, alienated partners, even entire lost markets and failed ventures. Here are some strategies for doing better than everyone else.