RESPECT-find out what it means to me, and to you! What are the cultural differences? Simply saying “we want a culture of respect” is not enough! That can mean different things to different people based on their culture. Without understanding those different cultural expectations of respect, it will be challenging to foster the relationships you want, successfully attracting and retaining business and talent.
You may say to your coaching client, “let me know if I were to say or do anything that unintentionally offends you.” Within some cultures, they would not tell you. It would be considered rude and offensive to do so. How would you know if you unintentionally offend them? How do you explore “Cultural context”, part of the ICF updated coaching competencies? Coaches, develop this crucial competency for your and your clients’ success in our upcoming Culturally Confident Credentialing Mentor Coaching Program.
Frequently in team meetings people are viewed as speaking up too little or too much and this is brought to our leadership and team coaching. This can also be culturally based. In some cultures, to speak before the elders speak and you are called on would be considered rude. In other cultures, not speaking up enough could label you as a non-contributor. If your cultural expectation is everyone speaks up and you notice someone not speaking up, how do you handle that? Or vice versa? Without understanding and communicating effectively regarding the different cultural mindsets and expectations, misunderstandings which can lead to costly conflict and talent loss can occur.
Do not just say “we want respect”! Find out what it means culturally to unlock all potential and success!
It is impossible to not work interculturally, even in your own community, organization. Do not let cultural misunderstandings block you and your organization’s potential and success.
To our Culturally Intelligent success, we are in this together!
Marilyn O’Hearne, MSW, MCC, LLC
CQ, Master Certified Coach, International Coach Federation: Unlocking Potential, Prosperity and Peace through Leadership, Team and Mentor Coaching; Coaching Supervision