NOW I KNOW
We are all here to live every situation we can imagine, good or bad; right or wrong; positive or negative. Why? So we can learn from the experience as part of the adventure of life. Murray Kibblewhite
CASE STUDY – HOW CULTURE CHALLENGES YOU SUBJECT BELIEFS
In the New Zealand Herald dated 8th May 2019 there was a article headed:-
“Diabetes needs to be regarded as a social issue” by Dr John Clarke a general practitioner here in Auckland. He said:-
”Many Maori and Pacific islanders are afraid to go out of their suburbs to attend specialist clinics. When they are surrounded by people of another colour/ethnicity and in the sterile Western-style environment they feel like ‘fish out of water’” This, along with issues of problematic transportation as well as getting time off work or the pressure of the current family crisis makes up many of the causes of clinic DNAs (Did Not Attend)”. .
In my own consulting work where I help people prepare Business Plans for small start up businesses.I have noticed the difficulty faced by Maori and Pacific islanders in preparing their plans. They are not comfortable or confident to prepare a long written report.
The Doctor further says:-
“Another issue is unrelenting stress with people staggering from one crisis to another-financial, then housing, then family or legal issues”.
So I now better understand the pressures that these cultures experience.
So what is the learning here?
The learning here is to be aware of the cultural issues of whomever you’re dealing with as they could be well very different to your own.
This means you have to be able to change to accommodate them, rather than expect them to change to accept you.
All life’s experiences are opportunities to learn. The challenge is to decide, what is the real lesson to be learnt!
How to use:-
1) Accept you need to change your Attitude and Actions on a daily basis.
2) Read, view, discuss and learn other ways. Set time aside daily to study.
3) Practice a new action until it becomes a better habit. Then discuss with your friends.
Check out these links:-
To the blog: – https://projectlel.wordpress.com/
Embracing the challenges of cultural and linguistic diversity within the service
The Challenges of Working in New Zealand
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