Beware the poison of prejudice - A story of Molweni A child’s free spirit. Thirty Zulu community leaders sat in a dusty rural school room. It was 1995 in the newly free South Africa, at a village called Molweni, near the great harbour city of Durban. The delegates watched … 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 wait to be addressed. When going into an … Continue Reading ››
Handshakes are often a foundation, in building relationships. Yet, in religious and cultural terms there are many differences. If observed, relationships can be built at the first point of contact. Respect is definitely in your hands! To shake hands, or not. In some cultures, and religions, … Continue Reading ››
The current wave, of prejudice and racism that is sweeping through our country, will not change until you and I act to make a difference. I have put together, a series of simple steps, to change the way our people see each other. There are many things, that we would do if we are interacting with people … Continue Reading ››
When greeting, anybody from another background, your own body language could be a barrier. This barrier, can only fall when you understand the body language of the next person. This could be in the area of handshaking, eye contact, body position and amongst other things, personal space. Individually based cultures, often believe that the eyes are the windows … 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 ››
One Zambia - One Nation! One World - One Humanity! Dr Kenneth Kaunda - Leader of Diversity and Inclusion As a 12 year old white boy, I stood on the side of a Bancroft road in Zambia, and waved my Zambian flag at … Continue Reading ››
Would you choose Diversity Team building or Traditional Diversity Training?
Both diversity interventions have a place in the business, or government arenas.
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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 ››
Living as a multicultural human being is an incredible bonus. I have been called a Catholic, a Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a White, a white Zulu, a white cockroach, a boer, an Englishman, a white Indian, an … Continue Reading ››
I have been thinking about the reasons why our Celebrating Humanity 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 and a … Continue Reading ››