All Victims May, 1996. Durban bay, South Africa. *Note: Names changed to protect identities. The early winter wind and rain buffeted the canoeing clubhouse, on Durban bay. Shouting and laughing canoeists line up for their weekly dice and race into the wind as the start-master sends them off. With their muscles straining and lungs bursting the top group … Continue Reading ››
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 ››
Often when people are in a rush, angry and unsettled, they will "tell somebody off”, in front of other team members. (Or family.) This is not a cultural challenge, it is actually a matter of disrespect. Should you wish to communicate anything, that may … 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 ››
I have been thinking about the reasons why our Transformational TeamBuilding diversity training programmes are so successful, and thought I would share some of our most critical steps to success. 1) No death by PowerPoint, please! Simply the worst kind of training, especially diversity training - is when the facilitator arrives with a PC/ USB … Continue Reading ››
We can help you identity the 10 Worst ways to resolve conflict! And show you to transform conflicted teams, fast! Brian V Moore Conflict Resolution - Ten Conflict Resolution Mistakes To Avoid: "Conventional wisdom (and research) says that good communication can improve relationships, increasing intimacy, trust and support. The converse is also true: poor communication can weaken bonds, creating mistrust … 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 ››
Hi people, Here is some feedback from one our programs in the wonderful city of Cape Town - I hope that it is of interest to you! Cheers Brian Diversity Training in South Africa: "Building your team ================== As employers and business owners, we are all faced with the problem of motivating and building our teams. I would … Continue Reading ››