In my first article, I shared my story on how I successfully integrated the Ugandan milieu (The first multicultural country in Africa with 40% of expatriate from all over the world according to observers) by applying 10 tips learned from my experiences.
Read the first article on https://seed4future.wordpress.com/2016/08/06/10-tips-to-succeed-out-of-your-comfort-zone-breaking-cross-cultural-bounderies/
I shared my experience with some LinkedIn intercultural experts who agreed with the 10 points and added their own experiences. I have decided to share their views with you.
1- Yes, have fun! To keep myself accepting of and adaptable to change, I try to incorporate one small change or challenge into each day. For example, I could take a different route to my regular stops, be observant to any treasures that may appear and take the opportunity to engage with new people.(Alisa Choi Darcy, Strategic marketer. Entrepreneurial leader. Lifelong learner. Mostly vegan.)
2-Go with an open mind, and
3- Have a plan of how to ride the roller coaster of missed expectations or when you find yourself out of your comfort zone. Be it meditation…or taking a walk, having the means to take the adventure mindfully is extremely helpful.(David Sanford, Global trainer/coach (India and more)
4-“Another thing, embrace the culture along with the food and music and you will go a long way!!” (Marius Bouwer, World Wide Drill, Training and Consulting).
Well! Now we have 14 tips to break into any new grounds!
I would be glad to hear from your own experience too! Maybe the fiftieth tips will come from you. Don’t miss the opportunity to contribute reducing cultural distances in our Cities.
Hervé-Boris NGATE, Cross-Cultural Psychologist, and Communicator