Navigating Cultural Differences
Mentoring Matters Live is a monthly live show where we highlight mentors across the globe. Our mentors are here to share their wisdom and provide insight on how you can grow personally and professionally to be a great leader.
Adaku Ezeudo shares her challenges of launching a new business, in a new country and how she overcame many roadblocks with the help of mentors.
Mentors will expand your network– One of the biggest challenges of being in a new city, let alone country is that you may not have strong connections with other industry leaders. Adaku credits her mentor for introducing her to his network and helping expand hers. Getting introductions from a trusted resource makes all the difference when it comes to new business connections and expanding your network.
Mentors help you gain clarity – Navigating and understanding cultural differences plays a big role in successful business interactions. Since Adaku comes from a culture that is very direct with their interactions, it was a challenge to work with a culture that is more indirect. A mentor can help you understand and gain clarity to thrive in an environment with cultural differences.
Mentors will be your sounding board – Adaku over emphasizes the importance of having a mentor by crediting her own mentor who was her sounding board. Having someone who will listen to your ideas and provide honest feedback can lead your business in the right direction while also helping you avoid costly business mistakes.
Adaku Ezeudo is an award-winning expert in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), a servant leader, humanitarian, and passionate advocate. She believes in meeting people where they are to address bias, racism, and injustice, and has a passion for mentoring to build communities.