Mphephetha’s Wedding - Great lessons cushioned in a culture shock!
Joko laughed at my patent nervousness as he lead me into the traditional Zulu gear stalls at Dalton Hostel - in Durban, South Africa.
Animal skins lay around willy-nilly as did drums, umbadada … Continue Reading ››
There are many decisions made in the cross-cultural workplace, that are seen to be grossly unfair. And they often are.
Most workplace systems and rules and regulations, are based on the historical cultures, beliefs and traditions of the people who founded the organisation. And they expect their new diverse … Continue Reading ››
When communicating, with a person from a community-based background, it is important to be at their level. It has been the traditional way, in African cultures, to immediately get to the height or below that of other people. When entering a home, a person will sit down and … Continue Reading ››
When working in diverse groups of people, a lot of confusion can occur in the passageways. The more community-based cultures, will always try and walk around people who are in conversation. They have grown up to believe that one never breaks the human bond between people who are … Continue Reading ››
It is at the point of greeting a person in their own language, with their body language, and in respect that we honour their humanness. Our nine-year-old, and 14-year-old sons, greet in many languages. As do their mother and father. I have seen the delight on people's faces. And I have felt it myself. Many years ago, … Continue Reading ››
Privilege is often a fact of unconscious bias. How do we deal with it? “Privilege is a set of unearned benefits given to people who fit into a specific social group.” To be privileged is not a failing, it is … Continue Reading ››
Welcome, respected and included. My 26 year journey, through many cultures and workplace diversity training, has taught me that people just want to feel welcome, be part of the team and be respected for who they are. No-one wants to be separated by gender, language, education, race, age, religion, level or any other so-called “difference.” This is what … Continue Reading ››
Learning how to business with foreign clients always makes sense! If you could do business with foreigners, would you learn how to understand and respect them? Of course. When you start out, it seems as if they are from another planet. You know that any errors, will offend them and your chances will be gone. So, you quickly invest in … Continue Reading ››
Our wonderful Namibian sojourn.
A Huge Transformational Diversity Team building experience, in Paradise! As we sit here, in our office, at our stunning new Namibian kiaat boardroom table, we can see an aerial photo of Oranjemund on the wall.
In the photo, the mist is sneaking in from … Continue Reading ››
Team members often do not take the time to learn, or pronounce a colleague's name. This is hugely divisive, as my article will show... Enjoy, Brian Moore The Incredible Relevance of Names and Naming: "It is amazing how something as simple as a name has the potential for uniting … Continue Reading ››
Here is another work conflict article that outlines some of the challenges in workplace conflict... Enjoy, Brian Conflict at Work - The Hidden Costs of Poorly Managed Organizational Conflict: "Conflict in organizations is not a problem. Well managed conflict contributes to creativity, strategic initiative, more effective systems and communication, stronger workplace relationships and greater commitment … Continue Reading ››