My first Zulu wedding and the start of a great journey!

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 ››

Build your diverse team, by knowing and respecting their traditions and beliefs.

There are many decisions made in the cross-CHI .COM LOGO NEW 4 2015cultural 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. … Continue Reading ››

Strong conversations need to be held, in a safe place.

Often when people are in a rush, angry and unsettled, they will "tell
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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 ››

Cultural challenges with body position. Height and conflict.

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 ››

Conflict in the passageways

When working in diverse groups of people, a lot of confusion can occur in Scan_20150720 (4) 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 ››

A list of greetings, to show respect, in South Africa

Dove - Warren PhotographicWe have thrown out a challenge to South Africans, to greet people in their own languages, so that they feel respected. In order to make this easier, we have put together a list of common greetings, in South Africa. I certainly hope that this helps. Take … Continue Reading ››

Respect is in your hands.

Handshakes are often a foundation, in building relationships. Yet,
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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 ››

Some simple steps, to transform our nation.

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 ››

The right body language, opens unseen doors.

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 ››

Respect starts with a greeting.

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 ››

What is privilege?

Privilege is often a fact of unconscious bias. How do we deal with it?
Privilege starts at birth
Privileged by birth?
“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. 10 Steps to Diversity and Inclusion.

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 ››

Huge opportunities with foreign people? Perhaps you should start closer to home!

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 ››

7 Critical Steps for Diversity Training success!

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 ››

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