Ethnocentricism – being centered in one’s own culture
Those of you who are preparing for the PMP exam should be aware of this term. Even if you are not a Prepper, being aware of this term can save you some trouble and gain you some friends.
As I write this blog, I am surrounded by 6 bowls of various pickled vegetables, one bowl containing small dried anchovies, a plate of kimchee and a sizzling bowl of rice, beef, greens and veggies topped with a raw egg. Beef bibimbap is the simplified name of the dish. It rocks! I am the only Caucasian in the bustling restaurant (50 people?) and everyone seems to be loving their meals. I certainly am!
So, how does this relate to ethnocentricism? I recall a college professor, Dr. Steve Noble, who advised us, “if you want to be successful in the business place of the future, you need to expand your boundaries — eat something you have never had before at least once a week.”
Implementing this suggestion certainly takes one out of their comfort zone. Food, that most intimate yet social aspect of being with others can either separate or bind. Simply trying the food of another culture often opens your mind (and doors) to new opportunities. At least that’s what I keep offering to my clients … and my kids.
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