I’m a bit of a “word nerd” and the French word dépaysé, which means “situated in unfamiliar surroundings”; “being out of one's element”; “removed from one’s own country”, is a word that so accurately defines my most formative years.
By the time I was 13, I had lived in 5 countries on 3 continents and learned to speak several languages. Growing up in countries where I couldn’t communicate meant I was a minority during a time when “fitting in” was so important. As I sought to “fit in” and connect, I chose to assume nothing and be open to every possibility and, on my journey to understand the differences in each country, I was able to appreciate the nuances of the local people and cultures.
When people talk about diversity in companies and teams, they tend to refer to criteria such as gender, race, etc. I believe that diversity of experience is as important because it yields new perspectives, a curiosity mindset, and greater openness to new ideas and influences; it fosters intuition and “out of the box” thinking.
When I work with clients, candidates, and in life generally, I'm able to see the value of different perspectives. Diversity, inclusiveness, global mindedness and “connecting the dots” are core to my DNA. It’s who I am.