1. Dubai: Different or
During one of my many trips to
Dubai, I was standing in a looong taxi line at the mall. There were about 200
people in front of me. How do I know? Because when you’re standing in line for
1½ hours, you don’t have much else to do except watch the people.
Dubai is known for its
diversity. The taxi line resembled a United Nations convention on “Bring Your
Family to Work Day.” There were at least 20 countries represented. People were
speaking different languages and wearing all manner of clothing from black
abaya robes to tank tops and flip flops. I was immersed in looking at the
differences, until . . .
A small child started to cry –
loudly. He was lost and was trying to make his way to the Security Guard at the
front of the line. Upon hearing his cries, all 200 people became silent. The
sea of people parted, and the crying child easily made his way through the
line. No one said a word until that poor child reached the Security Guard.
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At that moment, I realized –
forget the differences. Some things are universally similar, including concern
for a child.
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Acknowledge the differences, but look for the similarities.
Understand that the people around
you are different from you. To communicate effectively with them, you need to
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While it’s important to recognize
the differences, seek to find something in common. Looking for similarities
will help you create connections and strengthen relationships. It will also
help you avoid the “I’m right and you’re wrong” mentality.
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When you’re leading in a customer
service environment, you can . . .
your employees to think about their own shopping preferences. Remind them that
their customers want a similar level of service. Ask them what they
liked/disliked about their own recent shopping encounters. Then, ask them to
share specific examples of how they can use that information to create positive
experiences for their customers.
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