Once upon a time there was a bright, enthusiastic, and adventurous young lady who left England to work in the African jungle observing chimpanzees. It took months of patient waiting, observing, plus a few choice bananas to build trust between this young observer and the alpha-chimp. But what followed changed the way scientist viewed this species and others.
Today, I've the honor to be working with the senior leadership team of the Jane Goodall Institute. If you've visited their website, you might have read that "She blazed a trail. The next steps are up to us."
What skills are need to serve as an executive coach and/or group facilitator for organizations like JGI? What tools do you use to communicate across time zones and continents? How do you build rapport and earn the trust of those from another culture?
For me, learning about Emotional Intelligence and cross-cultural sensitivities has been a "mind-blowing" experience. Okay, perhaps not mind-blowing but at least mind-bending or expanding. Connecting with others across the globe has been helped with tools such as this Time Zone Converter. And practicing my leadership and communication skills via participating in Toastmasters International has helped too.