Dubai Travel Journal (Part 1): We Are All Different yet the Same

Besides the fact that it never ceases to amaze me how jet travel can place you on the opposite side of the world in a matter of hours, my speaking schedule has also afforded me the opportunity to meet different people from different cultures.  This has been a great gift in many ways because it has provided me with a lens through which to view both the similarities and differences in terms of how people look at personal career development.

Even though worlds apart this shot of Dubai reminded me of the Chicago River winding through the downtown area back home

Even though worlds apart, this shot of Dubai reminded me of the Chicago River winding through the downtown area back home

For example, when I had the privilege of addressing an audience in Asia, they were quietly earnest and appeared cautious in their replies.  It would have been easy to judge their restrained participation as disinterest or boredom.  The opposite however was true, in that the apparent lack of enthusiasm was not reflective of an absence of commitment to advancement.  It was instead indicative of how they valued the added insight which was later demonstrated by the questions they asked at the conclusion of our time together.

This of course got me to thinking of not only the differences but, the similarities we share in being part of a global community.  After all, our respective marketplace is no longer geographically limited or confined to a particular region of the world.  We are all   ̶   for all intents and purposes   ̶   globetrotters whether we physically board a plane or commute virtually through the Internet.  As a result, understanding our differences in communicating and the similarities in our intent is the key to success.  While I have found that we all share a similar desire to make a positive contribution, our approaches vary greatly.  The real question is how do we respond to differences in a way that opens the door to building a meaningful rapport and trusting relationship?

For me, the first step is to embrace the differences and be open to change or trying something new.

For me, and much to the appreciation of my Middle Eastern clients, embracing something new was actually getting (and staying) on the camel . . .

Much to the appreciation of my Middle Eastern clients, embracing something new was actually getting (and staying) on the camel . . .

In part 2, I will talk about what it means to be open to trying something new, and why it is important to your success in developing a sustainable personal brand.

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