Moving around the world has benefits and challenges. One of the biggest things you deal with on a daily basis is new people and new cultures. This is always a challenge, but once you get into the swing of things it can also be a huge benefit.
Every culture, gender, generation, religion, and occupation has their own unique way of seeing the world. No two people have the exact same view point, and the more they diverge, the more opinions you’re going to have being thrown around. Some people think this makes things difficult, but I think it’s really interesting. Having to compromise makes you think, and in the end you’ve both learned something. I think that diversity in the workforce and in your own friend group or family is so important. Without differing opinions we’re never going to grow and learn new things. Diversity helps us to learn about empathy, about walking in someone else’s shoes, and that makes us all stronger individuals.
Here’s the first bit of a piece I wrote called Working with Different Cultures, I hope you enjoy it and click the link below to read the full article:
When you’re an expat in a new place, you have to get used to a new culture, with new types of people. Since I work in international development, I’m always working with colleagues and “clients” from different countries. Primarily, the country that I happen to be working in, but that’s not always the case. I also end up working with other people from all walks of life:
- Young and old
- Men and women
- Liberals and conservatives
- Christians and Muslims
- Volunteers and directors
- Partiers and quiet types
- Locals and international staff
- Every profession imaginable….
A lot of jobs these days have a requirement along the lines of “Values diversity”. It’s always a tough thing to answer. Of course, I value diversity, I’ve worked all over the world. But what do you actually say? “I worked with “x” group of people and they contributed a lot…” – not great I think. But I do love that working with a diverse group of people is included on job applications. Of course, some are probably just doing that for legal purposes or corporate social responsibility reasons, but probably not all of them. I really do think that having a diverse group is more likely to get you new opinions. Although this might cause a bit more discussion, I think it will ultimately lead to the most successful “product” for your organization…….