Monkeys and Mission – Working Across Cultures

Once upon a time there was a monkey. This monkey noticed that in the river there was a fish splashing around and clearly struggling against the flow of the water. Being a kindhearted monkey, he decided to do something about it, and made his way out onto a perilous limb overhanging the swiftly flowing water.

At great risk to himself the monkey daringly reached down and plucked the struggling fish from the river, depositing it safely on the ground. The fish was clearly excited at being rescued, flopping around all over the floor, but it soon calmed down, stopped moving and seemed to be resting.


Poor fish!

This is a rough paraphrase of a story we heard in our cross-cultural training today.

The morale?

Never assume your way of doing things is the best thing for people in another culture!


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