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mid-week Connect: 5/22/24 ~ Trust across cultures - seeking

Greetings and Happy Midweek!

I thought we would explore another facet of cross-cultural Virtues & Values this week, adding ‘trust’ to our series. [*]  Actually this will be a 3 part adventure - starting today with ‘seeking trust’ and looking at several other aspects of it in the coming months. These insights will lead us into the Harbor dimension of Global SKILLs’ 3D Dynamics, and also the Transformations Component of our PROACTive Framework. [**]

Trust is something we who move across cultures are often seeking, especially early on within our Host communities. I remember so clearly, for example, when I first moved to the village in both Côte d’Ivoire and then later in Senegal, a priority was to figure out who I could trust and what that looked like - and vice versa for my new neighbors concerning me. 

Along with figuring out these basics on what it is or means in any given context, I think another interesting facet of trust is to understand it as a potentially transformative space and dynamic as well. This is where the Harbor dimension of 3D Dynamics and the Transformations component of our PROACTive Framework come in. The Harbor is somewhere safe where people come together to work on mutually agreed upon goals and everyone at ‘the table’ benefits from what everyone else brings and shares which often results in transformation all around. In the village in those early days, women who would come by and ‘just sit and visit’ soon became the ones I felt I could trust…and I believe they felt that about me as I welcomed them and took the time to hang out with them. The trust bonds we established in the following months did become transformative - and even decades later, with several people, remain strong to this day.  

So when ‘seeking trust’ is our initial goal, a good space is that table I mentioned earlier and a good dynamic to invite the folks who will be involved with or impacted by the trust to join in. If that means there are a lot of participants - break up into smaller groups initially. If it’s hard to gather people, take the time and make it happen. And then if some choose not to be there - so be it. They might decide to enter into the trust experience at a later time.

There are lots of resources ‘out there’ when it comes to seeking trust. You can ask around and get different opinions, heavily depending on people’s own personal backgrounds and cultural contexts. But when you are specifically seeking trust, try to engage with the Harbor-type dynamic…and I’m confident that you and all those involved will experience some transformation along the way!

How about you ~ what is one time you sought trust across cultures, and how did that go?

Share about that with a friend or note it here. 

And check out the Global SKILLs LINKs below for more on seeking trust. 

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week, Betsy



[*] Related Connect: Values & Virtues Connects - Honestly (11/9/22); Gratitude (11/22/23); Generosity (12/20/23) 

(use this link and scroll down to the date in my blog: )

[**] 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 (which we explored this week) 

PROACTive Framework:                                                                                                

PRO = PROfile, PROcess, PROgram

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

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

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