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Your Weekly Jethro’s Motivations For More Business Clarity

Your Weekly Jethro’s Motivations For More Business Clarity

The “Read-Reflect-Act” action plan  as become a normal process when I get in touch with knew positive knowledge or when I review some notes I took while reading  and learning.

1.Reading an hour everyday is the habit of any person you see succeeding or working towards success.

Whether it’s a church leader, company CEO or a Non for Profit Leader, they all have the same daily reading habit to acquire the best possible knowledge that will help them reach their goals.

2.Reflecting on the information you go through in a book boost your memory capacities and increase your ability to innovate and create new values in your life, job, work or business.

People who use their brain most often while learning become smarter with time and live longer than passive learners who get around valuable information without interest.

3.Action is the gap between an excellent Reader-Thinker and an Achiever who applied what he learned while reading and reflecting.

I apply the R-R-A process every single day when I read my bible in the morning and later, during the day, when I read a book and also when I go to LinkedIn to know business and professional trending.

In addition to reading, a complementary action that I also take learn is to I listen to YouTube training for motivation from other successful model in leadership like TD Jakes, Brian Tracy and Myles Monroe.

Sometimes I have to go through the same content many times to have more clarity to understand the action I have to take to improve certain area of my life. I discovered that the more the knowledge is clear, the better I could act with 100%  outcome.

So as you go through these powerful declaration today, make sure to apply the R-R-A process to enjoy the benefit of these ideas.

1.“Achieving our goals is not just about drive or ability; it’s also about knowing our weaknesses – and addressing them.” (Goldman Sachs’ Dane Holmes)

2. “When I refer to mediocrity it’s the assertion that we should all be allowed the liberty or privilege of simply existing…. we shouldn’t have to be superhuman to recognize our humanity.” (Pesa Productions founder & CEO Andrew Odong)

3. “Many people only see the conscious mind and aren’t aware of the benefits of connecting it to the subconscious… While it may seem counterintuitive, clearing your head can be the best way to make progress.” (Bridgewater Associates’ Ray Dalio)

4. “Accountability doesn’t just happen. You design for it.” (Airbnb COO Belinda Johnson)

5. “They win not by force of their persuasive points or facts, but by how much their irrational and often inane points ruffle your feathers. So stay calm, respond with cool deliberation, and breathe deeply.” (George Takei )

6. “In the past, jobs were about muscles, now they’re about brains, but in the future they’ll be about the heart (Empathy, connection, courage.” (Minouche Shafik ,  London School of Economics)

7.  “The best way I know of to forget resentment is to work for the betterment of humankind.” (Executive coach and author Steven Berglas)

The first one reminded when I discovered one of my weaknesses and how I trusted God to make me strong in that area. I started working on strategies to focus on what the Bible say on that area of weakness and I am happy I am stronger than ever.

Could you tell me which one of the above ideas helped you grow in your life, family, job or business?

I would be glad to hear from you.

Hervé Ngaté. Author/Writer/ Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer

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6 Tips You Could Learn From Serena William Winning Mindset

6 Tips You Could Learn From Serena William Winning Mindset

Since university back to Cameroon, I have been hearing about a famous american female tennis champion.

She has been beating records and became the greatest in her area for decades. I never knew  in my university years that I will find myself in the same country of such a legend.

Last month, as I was watching the news and a lot was said about her, I became curious to know what was the secrets of her success.

I found six things that made her successful. I found them so so simple that I wish I knew them since my twenties and started applying them on a concentrated way.

Thanks to God, I was exposed to other successful tips and, learning from her example is adding a great value in my life.

I would like you to learn and apply these simple life principles that will better your entire life.

1. Build  a Winning habit:  Daily practices for outcomes

-Make sure everyday is a day to practice the good habits that prepares you to succeed: Be consistent.

-Plan every day, week, month, year in advance and start today with the first excellent behavior that guaranty your success.

2. Learn How to adapt to today’s reality and forget about the past

-Anticipate changes in culture.

-See ahead of time changes in your team’s life.

-Envision new ways of taking advantage of Technology to be unbeatable.

3. Value what makes you and others successful

-Celebrate the success of others.

-Use your success to trigger your future success in your business and all other areas of your life.

4. Encourage Diversity

-Invest your money in different sectors of business so that your money works for you.

-Step out of your comfort zone and look for new investments opportunities.

5.Invest in what is greater than winning all the time: Family, friends and giving

-Being rich should not be the goal of life but a mean to create more opportunity to spend more time with your family, friends and those in needs.

-Being successful is a mindset not the amount of money in the bank account.

-Cultivate the good habit to be grateful  to God for everything and for everybody.

6. Parental Coaching Power

-In every child lies a champion. It only requires a parent to invest his best to make the champion manifested.

-Serena Dad’s quit his job to focus on his daughters training to make them become tennis champions.

Among the above tips that made Serena William the greatest in her field, which one challenges you to work towards becoming the best version of who God wants you to be?

For me, I am dedicated to invest to best to help those I lead to know themselves and become champions for God.

Hervé Ngaté. Author/Writer/ Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer.

Your Weekly Jethro’s Motivation For Your Distinction

Your Weekly Jethro’s Motivation For Your Distinction

As we are entering the last quarter of the year 2018, I  remember that back to secondary school, this period was the first term of the school year but also the period to set academic goals.

The joy of evaluating myself and setting new academic goals came from the fact that I achieved something significant by being admitted to the next level and also because I had the assurance that despite the challenges of the new school year, I could surely overcome them.

The motivation was triggered by the idea that if I could succeed even without all the necessary resources, I will surely succeed again whatever adversities I could encounter.

That is how I learned to see the best side of every challenges as I mention in  5th key of distinction in my my book entitled “The secrets of distinction”.

It’s also why I am dedicated to support you every week with resources crafted from the most reliable professional network in the world.

Don’t forget the 3 rules to benefit from these motivation speeches : Read- Reflect-Act

1.“To appreciate how diversity leads to stronger teams and greater creativity, we need to unlearn our biases.” ( Globality Inc’s chief customer officer Yuval Atsmon)

2. “There is a difference between dawning awareness and taking action.” (Bonobos founder and Walmart SVP Andy Dunn)

3. “Each day, each life event, each development in the world can serve as a catalyst for each of us to understand something new about ourselves and about the world around us.” ( Kenyon College president Sean Decatur)

4. “Achieving our goals is not just about drive or ability; it’s also about knowing our weaknesses – and addressing them.” ( Goldman Sachs’ Dane Holmes)

5. “The purpose of an interview is to determine if the person is competent and motivated to do the work that needs to be done, fits within the organization and has the potential to grow.”  (Author and CEO Lou Adler)

6. “Business, like life, is filled with tough moments that aren’t on anybody’s calendar. Even as we are beset by events that are beyond our control, we can still control two things: our own attitudes and the way we treat others. We can persevere.” (Former GE chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt)

7. “My doctor told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.”  ― Wilma Rudolph, American sprinter, first woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympiad (Rome 1960), childhood polio survivor (Priscilla Chan)

The 7th speech made me more confident that, to identify the areas God wants me to soar, I should perceive negative appreciation on my skills as signal that the best is about to come out of me in those area.

Once again, I would like to hear from you which of the above motivation speech empowered you to grow and become a better professional or business person.

Hervé Ngaté. Author/Writer/ Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer.

Your Weekly Jethro’s Motivations For Personal and Business Growth

Your Weekly Jethro’s Motivations For Personal and Business Growth

As a professional , you might sometimes find yourself without resources to reach your goals.

I experienced resources blackout  many times when I was a church youth leader in Cameroon and through my researches, I found 8 simple principles that provide a step by step guide to always find the necessary motivation to keep moving forward.

In addition to those successful principles, I crafted for you this week, the most updated citations from the  world largest network of professionals to help you reach your best at your job and your business.

The big challenge could really be to make such a best use of these ideas that they become part of our skills and attitudes on a daily basis.

So don’t just read them, reflect on them and discipline yourself to become more productive.

1. “At the question ” what do you do?” Answer ” what you want to do” by painting a compelling picture of the shared future they (you) could co-create with a new employer.”(Bruce Kasanoff)

2. “The most successful value-creating organizations are also thinking about how to be successful in society. The employees and customers of corporations are pushing organizations to look at how they do business, where they do business and what value they create.”( CNBC editor-in-chief Nikhil Deogun)

3.  “There will always been challenges. But true challenges are the ones that inspire us to disrupt and to innovate. We must face them with optimism.” (Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani )

4. “Don’t be surprised by being surprised. We are not immune to history.” (Lazard managing director Dennis K. Berman)

5. “Women spend, save and invest money in profoundly different ways than men. Perhaps the most important difference is that when women have a say in financial resources they invest them in their families.” ( Women’s World Banking president Mary Ellen Iskenderian)

6. “You want to look for a place where you can learn not just your day-to-day job, but where you’re challenged and provided the right training to take on new responsibilities. This is a sign that your leaders are also receiving training as well.” ( Ripple HR VP Sandi Kochhar)

7. “The pursuit of ‘balance’ implies that work and life are two separate spheres competing for our attention in a zero-sum game. I prefer to see them as a continuum, flowing into and influencing one another.” ( TIAA CEO Roger Ferguson)

8. “Great leaders understand that it’s not easy to translate vision into reality. And they realize they can’t do it alone. The most effective leaders are those who seek out what they and their company need. That kind of growth mindset is ageless.” (Entrepreneur and author Chip Conley)

The first and the third ideas really inspired me to perceive growth in term of  the best picture of what the future could be based on God’s promises and professionalism but also to accept that challenges are perfect tools for creativity and innovation.

I would be glad to hear from you what motivation (s) inspired you the most to be more efficient and effective in your life, job or business?

Hervé Ngaté. Author/Writer/ Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer.

Your Weekly Jethro’s Motivational Speeches For Success

Your Weekly Jethro’s Motivational Speeches For Success

Once you discover a source of personal, business and community empowerment through the best professionals around the globe, do not hesitate to listen to their advice and learn as much as you can from them.

I wish you the best this week as you dive deep into these 8 powerful professional tips for success. Don’t forget to reflect and to act.

1.” You see, productivity alone does not validate a goal. Purpose, on the other hand, does. When you know why you are working so hard, it is far easier to sustain effort towards a long-term goal” (Bruce Kasanoff)

2. “As we work to help others, we must remember to take time for ourselves.” (Aetna president Karen S. Lynch)

3. “Prioritize the top 3-5 skills at which you excel. Rate those you love doing. You can’t do what you don’t enjoy.” (Girls With Impact CEO Jennifer Openshaw)

4. “Building or investing into healthy relationships and thinking outside the box are powerful tips that could take you to the next level of  your life.” (Author and Writer,seed4future.com/seed4futurepublisher.com, Hervé Ngaté)

5.  “Back yourself, what’s the worst that can happen? Also, seek out tough feedback. If people don’t think you can handle criticism, they won’t give it to you and you need it to be successful.” (Expert360 co-founder Bridget Loudon)

6. “A growing body of evidence suggests that diverse teams are more creative, more productive, and more profitable than teams whose members all look and think alike.”(Melinda Gates)

7. “The best kind of company culture is one where negative feedback is seen as something positive. A culture where self-evaluation and self-awareness thrives, and people actively seek out opportunities to learn and grow. In order to achieve this, the business needs to cultivate a supportive environment where people are encouraged and helped to learn.” (Bernard Marr)

8. “Finding happiness isn’t a matter of creating a perfectly even-keeled experience of the world, where no sadness ever intrudes. Instead it means riding the waves of joy, and trying to find our way back upward when we’ve been knocked down.” (Designer and author Ingrid Fetell Lee)

I was very impressed that I could frame my own motivational speech in the fourth point.

Actually, I have been applying those 2 actions of connecting/investing in some key relationships plus thinking outside the box since 2-3 years; And I am happy to notice I have better and faster outcomes.

What motivational speech could you frame to empower someone this week?

I would be glad to hear from you by leaving a comment on the comment section bellow.

Hervé-Boris Ngaté, Author/Writer/ Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer

Your Weekly Jethro’s Motivation For Success

Your Weekly Jethro’s Motivation For Success

When I started with my blog seed4future.com in January 2016, I had only one passion: Write to help with my professional experience the greater number of people possible.

Three month later, I discovered that I could also write to share the testimony of the life changing power of the Bible : Seed4futurepublisher.com was born!

At my third year as a secular  and faith-based writer, I noticed that the key to help others is in the ability to learn everyday. As someone said: if you want to master a topic, teach it to others.

This week, in the Jethro’s Wisdom serie, I would like to share with you something new from experts in the professional industry crafted at LinkedIn, the largest professional network in the world. Their experience could trigger your knowledge, sharpen your skills and bless you with a more positive attitude towards moving to the next level of your productivity.

1. “Learn to cherish your mistakes as:

Learning experiences
Reminders to stay humble
Opportunities to accidentally stumble on a better idea
Ways to understand the depth of your inexperience” (Bruce Kasanoff)

2. “Every successful entrepreneur has to work hard because although someone is a successful entrepreneur, they still can’t be perfect in every aspect.” (Purple Cow Startup Fund founder Sheng Fu)

3. “Maybe vulnerability — and being able to show it, share it, reckon with it, and emerge the better for it — is what makes us strong.” (Bonobos CEO and Walmart SVP Andy Dunn)

4. “Most people are bystanders–not because they don’t want to stand up, but because they’re afraid to speak up, afraid of repercussions, don’t observe the world around them enough, or simply because they don’t know what to do or say in the moment. To be an upstander among bystanders takes courage and conviction.” (Jennifer Merritt, Editor in Chief, Digital at PwC)

5. “People often don’t sufficiently consider … why they’re doing what they’re doing. We repeat standard processes, received wisdoms and orthodoxies, typically because they work. By asking why, we might find a better way or even new destinations.” (Kellogg professor Robert Wolcott)

6. “There is one thing we all can do to have a healthier relationship with work: don’t be too hard on yourself. Self-criticism is terrible for your productivity. Compassion is way better than self-judgement.”(BBC’s José Luis Peñarredonda)

7. “Don’t overlook or dismiss anyone — you never know who they know that could give you the warm introduction you need to the company you’re interested in.”(Glenn Leibowitz, Head of Communications at McKinsey China)

The first motivational speech helped me understand that behind every mistake I make, there is a huge potential to become better by correcting and improving myself. So I am not afraid of making mistakes but rather, enjoy what I learn from them.

Which of the above declarations helped you in growing your potential to achieve your goals?

Hervé Ngaté. Author/Writer/Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer

Get The Best From These 7 Motivational Speeches by Answering These Questions

Get The Best From These 7 Motivational Speeches by Answering These Questions

I am happy to continue this week with motivational speeches I crafted from LinkedIn, the largest network of professionals around the globe.

I am confident the view expressed by experts on that platform really portray the actual situations of many individuals, managers, families and organization.

That’s why I strongly recommend you to answer the questions I added bellow each motivational speech. Those questions are strategically asked to help you take the necessary actions to move to the next level of your life.

1.“ The best managers absorb fear… I’m not talking about soothing people by blowing smoke or giving false assurances… They need to hear and to believe that you have a plan and that, working together, they can help execute it.” ( former GE CEO Jeff Immelt)

As a leader, what plan do you have for your family, your church group or your community activities?
Where are you leading your team to and how do you make sure everybody is involved in the plan?

2. “While we each can accomplish a lot individually, a diverse, inclusive, motivated and empowered team can accomplish so much more.”(Procter & Gamble CEO David Taylor)

Does your team reflect the cross-cultural richness of your community?

3. “When it comes to making yourself happy, you need to learn what works for you. Once you discover this, everything else tends to fall into place. And making yourself happy doesn’t just improve your performance; it’s also good for your health.” (Dr. Travis Bradberry)

What did you do that produced the expected results that boosted your passion? Do you enjoy  now what works for you in your marriage, your job, business or your community group?

4.“Culture is the the sum of the examples you set, the incentives you create, and the behaviors you reward: it’s what nudges people to act in ways you’d be proud of.” ( Laura Weidman Powers)

If you knew that there is one person that will become successful because he/she is imitating your lifestyle, how would you behave in front of the person?

5.“In spite of whatever disappointing experiences come our way, our challenge will be to not let bitterness take root. Although disappointment is inevitable, being discouraged is always a choice.” ( INSEAD professor Manfred Kets de Vries)

Is there a situation where you choose to continue doing the right thing despite all obstacles and failures? What made you keep moving forward? Could you choose again to keep moving forward despite the challenges you are facing now?

6. “I encourage you to keep pushing until you have a diverse group of candidates and hold off interviewing anyone until you can interview a diverse slate, including men and women.”
(Walmart.com president and CEO and Jet.com founder and CEO Marc Lore)

How do you make sure there is equal opportunity for men and women in your team?

7. “Happiness, it turns out, doesn’t have that much to do with the car you drive or the job you have or even the person you spend your life with. Happiness is actually a choice.” (Futurist and author Bernard Marr)

What are the decision you are taking right now to be happy?

As I was writing these questions to grow my own knowledge, skills and attitudes, I noticed the third and  the fith one really helped me get focused again on my priorities.

What about you? I would like to hear from you which of the above questions helped you know the actions to take to improve your life, your family life, your community group or your business.

Hervé Ngaté, Author/Writer/ Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer

10 Motivational Speeches for Personal and Business Growth

10 Motivational Speeches for Personal and Business Growth

I have the habit of investing 15 minutes to an hour everyday to learn something new that could sharpen my skills, knowledge and attitudes. The Bible is the first source of my inspiration as I always start the day with Bible reading and meditation with prayers.

I also acknowledge what I call ” words of wisdom” concerning secular things because the Bible will not, for example tell you how to brush your teeth or cook a meal or search for a job.

LinkedIn is my best source of secular knowledge, then comes quality books and learning from successful models.

I crafted these 10 motivational speeches that could unleash your full potential and make you a better professional. These 10 declarations are the summary of the most common and challenging situations faced by people and organizations around the world currently.

Don’t just read them, reflect on them and develop an action plan to apply them on you, your business or your job.

1.“Contrary to the Romantic myth of the genius’s need for freedom and the absence of any pressure to produce, experience shows that being subject to a deadline, and even limited resources, can sharpen our invention and creativity.” (President Santiago Iniguez)

2. “Let your mind be open to what is possible. Imagine that things are within reach by just learning and putting one foot in front of the other. Where others see impossible, see work, a path and blue skies.” (Cheddar CEO Jon Steinberg )

3.  “Luck is what catches you off guard, and that can only happen when you give other people a chance to surprise you.” (Karla Starr)

4 . “Being indirect at work is like keeping your feelings bottled up in a relationship. Eventually, they’re going to spill over and poison everything… Let’s talk, I always say, and come up with a solution.” ( BPN CEO Lori Gaffney)

5. “We can’t create time. Or bend time. And until they invent one of those Hermione Granger time-turners we can’t make it run backwards either. But we can change our relationship with it.” ( Ogilvy chief strategy officer Kevin Chesters)

6. “Pay attention. Listen. Communicate. That is the key to making sure your team and clients feel valued and empowered to make the right decisions. Not only will those you lead start to perform at their natural best, but you will too.”( Former Bank of America vice chairman John Thiel)

7. “No good idea grows in a vacuum. If we have a good idea, chances are, it’s built on other existing good ideas. So if we want to see our idea become even better, why don’t we invite others to build on top of it.” (CEO coach Sanyin Siang)

8. “Companies crave individuals that work outside the lines of their job description because they want their organization to succeed. We need more people that identify problems as opportunities to learn and progress, and less of people that notice a problem and finger point to the person in charge because it’s “not their job.” ( Go By Truck co-founder Dawn Strobel)

9. “The idea today that anyone would need to be pitched on why software is a legitimate investment is laughable, but a lot has changed since 1986. It’s time the way we think about the economy does, too.” ( Bill Gates notes in a review of “Capitalism Without Capital”)

10. “When our work feels like a gift to others instead of an obligation, it gives us something to look forward to every day. It inspires us as much as it does the audience we create it for.”( Author and podcast host Srinivasan Rao)

I would like to hear  your words of wisdom to help grow others or organizations.

I would like to know which of these motivational declarations matches the most with your current  personal and professional challenges.

For me, the number 10 was a powerful driving force to decide to keep helping people and groups around the world to become what God made them to be.

Hervé Ngaté, Author/Writer/ Cross-Cultural Psychologist and Communications Trainer

16 Tips to Get the Best, Save More and Spend Less

16 Tips to Get the Best, Save More and Spend Less

This article is for low and middle class people who wonder why they can’t build a sustainable financial life and how they could come out of the circle of not seing the fruit of their effort.

The 16 following points provide simple financial management tips to get the best, save more and spend less:

-Be needs oriented not fashion oriented
-Don’t shop branding
-Cook by yourself
-Wash your car (s) by yourself
-Discover the secrets of Thrift stores
-Connect to donation centers
-Go to the sources for information
-Shop for Gas
-Drive with purpose
-Go to open spaces (parks) for fun
-Watch movies at home
-Shop online
-Compare owing a Car vs Metro vs Uber
-Compare housing vs renting
-Set automatic payment
-Organize your accounts management

I would be glad to hear what are your secrets to get the bess, save more and spend less.

Hervé Ngaté

4 Powerful and Simple Ways of Understanding Diversity

4 Powerful and Simple Ways of Understanding Diversity

Jane is a young african lady who got her scholarship to study at a famous western University. During a class discussion, she was asked how she managed to travel from Africa to the country.

She replied she walked by feet from her house till she reached the sea border, and then took a boat that dropped her on one of the port. After that, she walked by feet again and reached the University and Register for her classes.

They all replied: That’s awesome! Great! And where did you learn English?

The lady answered: I came here with no knowledge of English and I learned English when I landed in the country.

Wonderful! Said the classmates with big smiles on their faces and with a certain satisfaction they learned something new about her.

But they could not understand why Jane was answering their questions with an ironic smile.

The type of smile that says: “They believed me! How in the 21st century these people don’t know there are scholarship programs that enable countries to exchange and transfer knowledge?”

Jane, who was narrating the story with some people, said she did it purposely to show them how stupid their questions were and to help them understand they need to be more open minded.

The above story is a fraction of what some immigrants or foreigners face every day in western countries. Such questions arise mostly from western people when they encounter someone coming from a third world country.

But the reality is different from what social media portray about third world countries. People are also different. As we travel outside our native country, we notice how different we are from others but also, we are amazed of what they know and could provide us in term of services, knowledge, and information.

In this article, I would like to share with you how to smartly discover other cultures for development purposes*. Whether in our neighborhood, workplaces or social groups, there is an increasing probability to encounter someone of another cultural background. That’s the direct effect of a globalizing world.

Some few tips could avoid you being seen as an authentic ignorant when you meet people from other countries.

We could also learn how to put aside prejudices and stereotypes that could lead to harmful discriminations.

  1. Ask the right questions. By asking the right questions, we can discover more about others. Two powerful types of questions could help us do that: Why and How.

“Why” questions generate motivation speeches. One could be amazed at people’s motives for being where they are.

“How” questions provide a process to move from point “A” to point “B”.

Below is a typical example of a conversation with “why” and “how” questions.

Question: Why did you come to America?

Answer: Because it’s the country of opportunities where I could become the best version of what God wants me to be.

Question: How did you come here? Which means of transportation did you use?

Answer: I came by plane. The flight was 16 hours .

The conversation could continue for an hour and nobody will feel like a new product being studied to know if it could be consumed or not.

  1. Make some research based on the answers

We should really be humble and make some researches on the person’s country, travel opportunities, and socio-economic status.

When working for the US Peace corps, I was amazed at the number of things I learned on Cameroon through Volunteers.

The same thing happened to me when I landed in America. In my discussions, I demonstrated so much knowledge about America that many did not believe I have been in the country for less than a year.

It’s simply because of the advantage of new technologies.

Google provides you almost all the knowledge of cultures around the globe.

Hollywood gives a certain view of societies with true story based movies (Not fiction please!).

Discovery World, Planet, National Geographic and many other channels disseminate all kind of reliable information about other cultures.

You could watch a foreign channel right in bed and learn about others.

Due to globalization, we may have relatives, friends or friends of friends almost everywhere who could provide some knowledge about other cultures.

In libraries, you find amazing books of people who traveled and discovered the world.

Make good use of all those resources to understand foreigners around you with non-suspicious eyes.

  1. Share life. It’s important to have common activities with a common interest and learn why and how people from other cultures understand things.

Understanding others could be possible through genuine and natural interaction because people do not “behave” as expected.

Going to a pique-nique, discussing on life topics like marriage perception, society challenges, football business, language differences and much other life related domain could help discover how others perceive and analyse the world from their cultural background.

To know more about this topic, read my article on  Taping The Power Of Diversity in 21St Century Organisations: Principles and Practices.

  1. Avoid the Superman Syndrom. The Superman Syndrom is manifested by asking questions as if we have the answers but deeply we no nothing.

To identify “supermen”, they simply never share in return their views on questions they ask you. They could actually ask you question but the day you reply and ask them: “What about you?” You could perceive on their face the embarrassment of being ignorant.

The Superman Syndrom is due to the difference between social media and reality. It could be shocking in positive or negative ways but there is always a: “It’s not exactly what I saw on TV!”

When I left Cameroon to Uganda, my mother almost cried because she taught I was moving into a country where war is raging. She knew famine and HIV are devastating the country.

The only thing I knew about Uganda when I was still in Cameroon was the former leader Amin Dada through the movie “The king of Scotland”. When I reached there, I was amazed by the positive changes that occurred since.

While in Uganda, I also encountered a lot of western natives among my students who gave me a certain view of how the western world looks like. They were impressed by the difference between what they heard about Africa and the reality they were experiencing.

Their views added more knowledge to what I knew already (through the ways mentioned above and through my years of experience with Peace Corps in Cameroon) and prepared me mentally to live in America.

For sure, reality could be far different from what you heard or learned but at least to avoid the Superman syndrom, you may have to communicate with people by acknowledging that you are learning from real facts, not theories.

If the above 4 ways of discovering other cultures seem too simple to you, then it means you perfectly understood the goal of my article.

Life could be easier than we think and people could be less complicated as we thought.

There are surely many ways to discover and understand other cultures. I would like to hear from your own experience.

If you liked this article and you think it could be helpful to people around you, share it with your network. You’ll be contributing to making our diverse world a better place to live in.

Hervé-Boris Ngaté, Cross-Cultural Psychologist/Communications Specialist

  • This article (drafted since October 2017) has no political purposes and in no way is related to any political view.
  • This content aims to contribute to a better understanding of cultural groups for a better interaction. (The author)