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mid-week Connect: 2/29/24 ~ Leaping across cultures

Greetings and Happy Leap Year Day!

Given its unique space in calendars globally, I thought we would linger with some thoughts about Leap Year today and how it ‘translates’ cross-culturally. Our exploration fits into the Applications component of Global SKILLs PROACTive Framework providing insights by applying one culture’s interpretations to other cultures’ contexts. [*]

Leap Year is viewed both positively and negatively depending on where you are in the world. My own outstanding embrace of the day dates way back to when I was in college and took advantage of the superstition that a date requested of a guy on Leap Year Day would automatically be accepted. Oddly I do recall I tried it out, but don’t recall the results! But I digress…

As I surfed the net to find other Leap Year treasures, I was drawn to one which stated that the Day was added every fourth year to “keep the calendar in sync with the seasons” (see LINKs below). I love that image when thinking cross-culturally! Anything which can be done to keep things in sync is so valuable as we live and work globally including natural dynamics - but also important community dynamics like mutual understandings and equitable distribution of resources and opportunities - just to name a few examples…there are so many more! 

I also was drawn to a figurative LEAP culture dynamic (see LINKs below) which comes out of corporate contexts but is applicable in any cross cultural dynamic. Aligning with our Global SKILLs perspectives, nurturing a LEAP culture includes Learning, Enjoying, Autonomy, and Performance. A helpful line-up of strategic practices to guide us thru any day to day, don’t you agree?!

How about you ~  what’s a LEAP year experience or LEAP culture choice you’d like to linger with?

Share about that with a friend or note it here. 

And check out the Global SKILLs LINKs below for the sources I mention and a bit more on Leap Year worldwide.

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week,



~ LEAP Culture

~ western leap year traditions:


Related Connects: 5/22/20 - reach out; 3/31/21 - teachable moments; 2/9/22 - footprints; 3/1/23 - crossroads (you can find these by using this link: )

[*] Through my business Global SKILLs and several partner subsidiaries I offer unique cross-cultural consulting and training including:

3 Dimensional Dynamics Model: 

1st dimension = HOME ; 2nd dimension = HOST ; 3rd dimension = HARBOR) 

PROACTive Framework:                                                                                               

PRO = PROfile, PROcess, PROgram

ACT = Applications (which we explored this week), Collaborations and Transformations

~ contact me for more information on this model and these strategies and how you might use them in your current programming: 

2024 ~  Celebrating 40+ years of working in 

intercultural communications and global community building

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