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Good morning and Happy Monday!
I’m Monica Wofford and this is your Monday Moment.

If you were to meet a person with an accent and then begin guessing where they picked it up, it’s a risk… in that you may get it wrong. Way wrong, even. If you’re a gent on a date, guessing if she’s from East Texas or Dallas, cuz there is a BIG difference, might seem coy. At the office, guessing if your potential client is from South Africa or Australia might seem conversational, and also slightly inappropriate, but benign from your perspective, yes? However, take it further and confuse Middle Eastern cultures or Asian cultures or make sarcastic comments about things the French always do, or the ways in which all Americans act, in your limited experience, merely reveals your ignorance… and is often offensive.

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An innocent assumption, posed as a question, could create leadership issues and barriers that last far longer in your interest in their accent or pronunciation.

The world is a bit more clear on the value of each person, culture, and heritage in our current times, and leaders must be a bit more clear about showing respect to each and every one with which they have the privilege of interacting.

This comes across most readily and clearly in your communication.

You may not know the custom or holiday, but you can certainly inquire in a way that still shows your respect level of the person and the day or event.

You may not know which elf on the shelf to order for the office, the black one or white version, but you can certainly respectfully include the team in such a conversation or decision.

Communication means send a message. When it comes to people, it means we talk WITH each other. When it comes to culture, the key element that must come before all others, is respect of each other’s similarities AND differences.

I’m Monica Wofford and that’s your Monday Moment.
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