If you ask me what I like the most about London -- culture diversity, I'd say, no doubt, every time. Living in England but originally (proudly) made in China, I've always been attracted to different cultures. And I feel like no matter who you are, where you are from or what you like, you can always find a place in London.
A few weeks ago I attended an alumni event organised by the University of Leeds. This event was featured by an workshop on developing intercultural competency in the workplace.
'I am an American with a German surname but holds a British passport' the speaker Melissa Schuessler started the session with this brief self introduction, and immediately I felt cultured.
An interesting concept was introduced to us at this session - Intercultural Competency - the ability to behave and to communicate effectively and appropriately with people of other cultures.
I believe it is particularly relevant to London, as this is the place where cultures around the whole world meet, greet and integrate. As we recognise the cultural differences, it is critical to be adaptable and to show respect towards the cultures that are different from ours.
However, as many cultures are often subtle (just like many words are unspoken), the process of developing our intercultural competency could be a lifelong experimental learning with a lot of self-reflection and mindfulness. It will require us to be culturally sensitive, be patient, and open-minded.
'Treat others like THEY would like to be treated' could be better fitting in this context comparing to 'treat others like YOU would like to be treated'.
Cultural Intelligence (CQ) was the other interesting concept introduced to me during the event. It refers to the capability to relate and work effectively in culturally diverse situations. Here I've attached a little CQ quiz, Enjoy! https://culturalq.com/
If you have any queries regarding intercultural competency or cultural intelligence, Melissa (M.C.Schuessler@leeds.ac.uk) is happy to be contacted - She's really nice and funny!
p.s. check out the fab view from the event venue at Shakespeare's Globe - Saint Paul's cathedral looked so dreamy with the lights on :)