It is very difficult to build effective cross-cultural relationships if you cannot accept the fact that differences exist in values, beliefs, communication styles, personal experiences, ideas, goals, opinions and work style preferences. Remember, acceptance doesn’t necessarily mean agreement. You can be totally accepting of a person while still disagreeing with his or her ideas or beliefs. Acceptance refers to a willingness to support and validate your colleagues, to have positive regard for them, and to remain non-judgmental even in circumstances where you do not agree. In addition, be mindful that no matter what the differences may be, you will always have a great deal in common, which you can use to build a bridge across those differences. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!
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Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes is an author, speaker, coach and consultant. He helps his clients develop the skills needed to communicate, resolve conflict, solve problems and improve performance in diverse organizational settings.